WATCH: Security agencies accused of illegal killings in war against Al Shabaab
21 July 2016, 14:11
Nairobi - The fear of arrest and death is real among relatives who have nowhere to turn to when their kin are snatched by security agents, according to Human Rights Watch.
The human rights group, Al Jazeera reported has documented killings and enforced disappearances by security agencies in parts of the country, some in the fight against terrorism.
The report has captured chilling details of the atrocities meted out to terrorism suspects. This now puts the country, which is still reeling from the recent killing of a lawyer, his client and taxi driver, on the spot yet again over extra-judicial killings and disappearance of people in the hands of law enforcers.
A new report accuses Kenyan security agencies of killing 11 people and making 34 others disappear in the past two years.
According to The Standard, the report by Human Rights Watch HRW accused the military, police, National Intelligence Service and Kenya Wildlife Service officials of involvement in the incidents.
The 87-page report titled “Deaths and Disappearances: Abuses in Counter-terrorism Operations in Nairobi and in Northeastern Kenya”, documents 34 instances in multi-agency security operations.
The report details people taken from their homes by masked, armed men who did not identify themselves, or being beaten in the streets and driven away in government vehicles.
Some of the disappeared were last seen in police or military custody, the report said. No one has been charged with any crime, nor are their families able to trace them.
Kenya's Citizen TV continued that The group interviewed 117 people, including victims and witnesses of counterterrorism operations, Imams, government officials, journalists, lawyers, human rights activists, police and military officers, and local community leaders for the report.