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Human rights body faults government on terror

18 June 2014, 11:35

Nairobi - The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in the country.

The group blamed the government for failing to make substantial progress on key reforms aimed at curbing such challenges.

In a statement, the NGO said the lack of accountability for serious violations by police and other security forces remained a profound concern.

“Credible allegations of extrajudicial killings, torture, mass arbitrary detentions and extortion by police have not been investigated or prosecuted,” HRW stated.

HRW maintained that respect for freedom of expression and association is of growing concern.

The organisation said the current administration had failed to investigate or address increased attacks and threats against human rights defenders and independent media, while encouraging legislative restrictions on non-governmental organizations.

HRW cites the case of slain Muslim preachers as a case in point saying that police had also failed to investigate the killings of prominent Muslim clerics (Sheikhs Aboud Rogo, Sheikh Abubakar Sharif Ahmed) in Mombasa that police had earlier accused of having links to terrorism groups.

The nongovernmental organisation said Kenyan police operations in the wake of grenade and gun attacks in different parts of Kenya had routinely resulted in serious human rights violations against both refugees and Kenyan citizens, including physical abuse amounting to torture, arbitrary arrest and detention in inhuman conditions and extortion.  

HRW has called on the government to investigate and prosecute attacks on human rights defenders and witnesses to ICC investigations.

 – CAJ News

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