US to continue partnering with Kenya to defeat terrorism
29 May 2015, 18:04
Nairobi - The US and Kenyan governments will continue partnering in the war against terrorism.
US Ambassador to Kenya Mr Robert Godec said Friday that the US works with Kenyan security services, providing training and assistance to build capacity to confront terrorists and criminals, while at the same time emphasizing on the need to respect human rights.
Speaking at the Laikipia University, Laikipia County, when he launched the institution’s human rights centre, Godec disclosed that his government has provided over KES 6 billion as law enforcement assistance over the past five years.
He added that a substantial amount of the above figure went to developing Kenya’s oversight authorities charged with maintaining the professionalism discipline and rigour of the police services and with confronting abuses.
The Ambassador pointed out that human rights are a cornerstone of security and recommitted Kenya’s partnership with US to protect rights and security.
“I urge the Government of Kenya to continue to take steps to improve security, along with strong measures to protect human rights”.
He added that this should include investigating allegations of abuses with the fullest vigour and holding those responsible to account.
He said to defeat terrorism and build security, people must remain united adding that human rights abuses, by governments, by courts , security forces and even citizens against each other foments violent extremism.
Godec said that the US government’s development programmes in Kenya are based on the principle that everyone is entitled to live with dignity, free from discrimination and abuse.
“Safeguarding human rights is essential for equitable development and growth of any society,” he added.
He observed that security challenges currently facing Kenya provide a perfect example that human rights and security go hand in hand reinforcing each other and when one fails, the is abandoned.
The Ambassador added that human rights are essential to the quality of life of every citizen and critical to the quality of governance in every country and crucial to security.
He lauded Laikipia University, saying by establishing a strong foundation for the study of human rights and integrating human rights into security and police studies, the institution is working towards solving a great challenge that we all face.
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