KNCHR to investigate deaths of 503 people in Coast
20 September 2016, 09:02
Mombasa -Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has launched an inquiry into the death of over 503 people in the coastal region in a span of five years.
In a statement through the KNCHR chairperson Kagwira Mbogori, they said the inquiry will start in October over deaths and forceful evictions of people in Tana River and Lamu.
The commission said over 303 cases of extrajudicial killings, disappearances, torture and related human rights violations have been reported.
Speaking during the launch of the inquiry, Muslim for Human Rights (MUHURI) accused the government of oppressing rights groups and those who tend to point out government failures.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta's government is oppressing us in the civil society when we disagree with the government; the media is also not spared,” said MUHURI Executive, Hassan Abdile.
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Abdile said there is need to ensure that rights of all Kenyan citizens are upheld irrespective of race, tribe or religion.
Vivian Muthiga, an officer from Sauti ya Wanawake has raised concern over the security of women in Mombasa County following reports of emerging gangs who are now targeting women.
In Kisauni Sub county, there have been reports of Wakali Kwanza Gang that has been attacking women.
KNCHR said they will incorporate participation of the public, business community and other key government and non-governmental stakeholders working in the County to make oral evidence or written submissions.
The findings, results and recommendations shall be published and shared with key and relevant players in both public and private institutions for remedial action.
After the public inquiry and in accordance to its Act, the Commission shall submit the report with the recommendations to the National Assembly and the President with a view to inform reforms especially in the security sector.
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