Gibson Kamau Kuria of Nairobi was named the recipient last week of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial's $30,000 human rights award but will not be allowed to attend a Nov. 15 ceremony in his honor at Georgetown University unless the Kenyan government relents and returns his passport.
"President Moi has presided over a steady deterioration of the rule of law. Kenya today is a land where only the animals are truly free. A patriot like Gibson Kamau Kuria is punished and humiliated for defending the rights of his fellow citizens. Murder, torture, intimidation have all served to twist a peaceful land into a perverse nation," she said.
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