Media Advisory: Petition 605 of 2014

Court set to determine fate of interested parties and friends of the court in sterilization

Who: SWK, PAK, GWK, AMM, Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV & AIDS (KELIN) , African Gender and Media Initiative Trust (GEM) vs. Médecins Sans Frontières – France(MSF- France), Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Marie Stopes International, the Nairobi County Executive Committee Member in charge of Health Services, Cabinet Secretary – Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya, The Attorney General.


What: Petition No. 605 of 2014: Ruling on the applications made by Professor Alicia Ely Yamin, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) who seek to join the Petition as amicus curiae (friends of the court); while the International Community of Women with HIV – Global (ICW Global), and the International Community of Women with HIV – Kenya (ICW Kenya) seek to join as interested parties. It is noteworthy that all the above parties have already been enjoined in Petition 606 of 2014, which addresses similar issues on the forced and coerced sterilization of women living with HIV.

This ruling follows the directions previously issued by Justice Issac Lenaola for all the above five parties to file written submissions in support of their applications to be enjoined as either Friends of the Court or interested parties.


Why: Medicins Sans Frontiers – France, had opposed the applications to have the UNAIDS Secretariat, ICW – Global and ICW Kenya join onto the case. They raised several grounds in opposition with one of their key grounds being that the five organizations had not demonstrated that they will introduce any new arguments different from those already advanced by the parties.
When: Friday, 22 July, 2016 at 1430hrs
Where: High Court of Kenya at Nairobi, Court No. 1 on 3rd Floor, Milimani Law Courts.


PLEASE NOTE: The applicants request that their names and identity should not be disclosed in the media to protect them from further disclosure of their HIV-status.

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For more information contact:

Sandra Ochola (Deputy Executive Director) KELIN
Mombasa Road, Somak building
4th floor P.O Box 112-00200, KNH
Mobile No: +254 790 336694;

For Twitter updates: @KELINkenya #Justice2Health

For background on the case:

African Gender and Media Initiative Trust
3rd Ngong Avenue, UpperHill Gardens Apt #E-06
P.O. BOX 50429 -00200 Nairobi
TEL: 0702112670, 0739 803545
Tweeter: @GEM_AFRICA
Facebook: African Gender and Media Initiative Trust


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