NAIROBI – KENYAN security forces have during anti-terror operations killed, abducted and tortured scores of civilians suspected to be members of the Al-Shabaab group.
Eight human rights groups and media said they had evidence incriminating members of the Kenya Police Service, Defense Forces, Wildlife Service and the National Intelligence Service (NIS) in the violations.
They are demanding that President Uhuru Kenyatta establish a commission of inquiry to investigate.
Otsieno Namwaya, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said government must ensure all its forces respect national and international human rights law and adhere to due process.
“Victims of killings and disappearances by security agencies deserve answers, and a commission of inquiry is a critical first step.”
In 2016, HRW found both the military and police were implicated in at least 34 cases of disappearances and 11 cases of killings in the northeast and Nairobi.
In 2015, the National Commission on Human Rights found multiple units of police, military, and wildlife police were involved in torture, arbitrary
arrests, killings, and disappearances of individuals linked to Al-Shabab at the coast, Nairobi and the northeast.
Cases of killings of youth in rural areas and informal settlements have also been on the increase.
Various units of the national police, national intelligence service, military, and the wildlife police are actively involved in responding to increased attacks by the Islamic militant Al-Shabab since 2011.
– CAJ News