UN deploys human rights experts to Kenya

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Preparing for the elections. Credit: IRINFILMS

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is deploying experts to monitor the situation of human rights during the elections in Kenya.

Kenyans are set to elect their political leaders in the general elections on Monday.

Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights says there is going to be a large international presence to monitor the elections.

"We are going to deploy in the next couple of days a human rights team to Kenya for the duration of the elections which begins on Monday. The four-person team will monitor the human rights situation during the electoral period and will support the Kenyan National Commission of Human Rights as well civil society organisations." (20")

Rupert Colville says the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights deployed a similar team for the last election in 2007 which produced an important report on the violence during that poll.

He says that hopefully this time, there won't be a repetition of that kind of violence, but it's good to have a team to see what's happening during polling, not only in the capital Nairobi, but in other more volatile areas of Kenya.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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