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IPU statement strongly deplores violence during protests at the Kenyan parliament

The IPU strongly deplores the loss of life and the violence that occurred yesterday at the Kenyan Parliament. On behalf of the global parliamentary community, the IPU urges all parties to exercise restraint and calls on the authorities to refrain from any acts of brutality.

The IPU firmly believes in the right of the Kenyan people to protest peacefully. Violence can never serve as a solution to disagreements or grievances. As a symbol of democracy, parliament should be a safe space for debate and finding solutions that benefit all the people of Kenya.

The IPU encourages the authorities and all relevant stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue to address the underlying issues that led to the protests.

IPU Secretariat, Geneva