Contesting the Normalization of Extrajudicial Killings and Violence
The research group has supported community research to contest the normalization of extrajudicial killings and everyday violence in Mathare, Nairobi.
(Photo: Mathare Social Justice Centre)
Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC) is an initiative by young members of the community to promote social justice in Mathare. For years Mathare has been a place where much violence has been allowed to go on without any redress for the community, especially as most continue to live in fear of consequences of standing up for their rights. These forms of structural violence include, but are not limited to, land grabbing, forced evictions, police abuse and extrajudicial killings, political impunity, and other economic, social and psychological violations.
Promoting participatory forms of justice
In view of this ongoing situation, a collective of young community members and experienced social justice activists in Mathare came together to envision a centre that would promote more participatory forms of justice. In light of the ongoing brutality of police killings in Mathare and surrounding areas, there was need to unsettle how police killings have become “normalized” in Kenya.
Results and impact
'Supporting Community Research' is a participatory action research (PAR), funded by the Antipode Foundation scholar-activist award, which involves, Mathare Social Justice Centre, Wangui Kimari, and Associate Professor Peris Jones of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. Based on participatory methods, the report, “Who Is Next? A Participatory Action Research Report Against the Normalization of Extrajudicial Executions in Mathare” is the culmination of this year-long collaborative documentation project by Mathare residents of extrajudicial executions and their impact in the community (ended June, 2017).
Our efforts have already had an impact, not only by producing research that is for and from the community, but it has also fed into a national campaign against extrajudicial executions, and through which we hope the issue will receive the belated attention it so desperately deserves.