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HRD Attack

15 Jul 2021

Joanna Stutchbury

Incident date
15 Jul 2021
Date accuracy
All Correct
Joannah Stutchbury
Human Rights Defender
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: Kenya
Other actors


Prominent environment activist Joannah Stutchbury has been shot dead near her home in Kenya, allegedly amid her campaign against the development of wetlands in a national park. Friends said she had stopped her car to clear branches blocking her driveway when she was shot several times. Neighbours found her body in the car with the engine still running and valuables still in the vehicle, suggesting the attack was not a robbery. Stutchbury had vocally opposed attempts by powerful local businessmen to encroach and build on the nearby Kiambu forest, and had received multiple death threats in the past.