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27 Jun 2024

Protests in Kenya: Alleged breach of privacy to aid surveillance, denial of access to information & consumer boycott; includes Safaricom's comments

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Demonstrators in Nairobi, Kenya, protest against Finance Bill 2024 on June 20 2024

Kenya has witnessed widespread protests against proposed taxation measures. In response, the government has deployed police in a violent crackdown resulting in deaths and injuries to protestors. In addition, perceived leaders of the protest have been abducted and internet shutdowns have been reported during periods of the protest. This page keeps track of the business and human rights dimensions of the protests including internet shutdowns, denial of the freedoms of association and expression, as well as positive responses from companies and industry associations. This includes allegations of data sharing by Safaricom to facilitate surveillance of protestors. Safaricom has denied the allegations.