While we make use of our freedom, we also have the right to security wherever we spend our time (Article 29 CoK). This means that nobody has the right to torture anyone in any manner, whether physically (such as beating or pinching) or psychologically (such as humiliating or scaring someone with words). There are various reasons why people carry out attacks. Some do it for criminal purposes; during a robbery. Others do it out of disagreement; on a small scale, a fight between two people or on a larger scale, the Post-Election Violence in 2008 that involved the whole country.
We all have the right to security, not only when we are outdoors at school, work, in church or when you visit friends, but also indoors. This means that you are not allowed to be beaten or spanked by your parents, even if it’s with the intention to discipline you. This is an argument which is often given; that spanking is necessary to teach children, youngsters or even a partner morals. However, according to Article 29 CoK this is no longer legal.
While we have the right to security, we also have the obligation not to attack people. This means that when you’re annoyed, you don’t express your anger through aggression, but through dialogue. Violence doesn’t solve conflict, but dialogue helps in creating the understanding for each other and assists in finding a solution together. In order to resolve conflicts amicably it is advisable to wait until tempers cool down before confronting your contender.
People above eighteen are eligible to report to the police, because they are capable of giving an account of what happened. However, when one is bellow eighteen, the police can even arrest the offender based on the evidence of other witnesses who are older than eighteen.
According to the Kenyan Constitution, every person has the right to accessible and adequate housing, and to reasonable standards of sanitation (Article 43.1b CoK). However, you are expected to arrange for your own housing, but if you are a minor, then it’s your parents’ responsibility.
While we have the right to accessible housing, we also have the right to have our privacy in this housing (Article 31 CoK). People with epilepsy who are hindered in their day-to-day activities can make use of Article 19 and 22 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It states that they have the right to live independently and to be included in the community while they also have the right to conduct their lives in private as their privacy must be honored and protected. This same Convention requires that people with epilepsy have the right to choose their place of residence, where and with whom they live, on an equal basis with others, and they are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement (Article 19a, CRPD).