No ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings and no tor­ture in Kenya, says CS Amina

The re­ports by rights or­gan­i­sa­tions are made up. We are also not vi­o­lat­ing rights of refugees. If we were, the whole world would be crit­i­cis­ing us, she says

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - ADOW MO­HAMED @ad­owmo

Re­ports of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, tor­ture and ha­rass­ment by Kenya’s se­cu­rity forces are false, For­eign Af­fairs CS Amina Mo­hamed has said.

She dis­missed re­ports by Hu­man Rights Watch, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional and the US State Depart­ment rais­ing con­cerns about abuses.

“They’re mak­ing it up. That’s all false,” Mo­hamed said yes­ter­day.

“In­ter­view them. Hon­estly they haven’t talked to me. I haven’t seen the re­port. They haven’t spo­ken to any­body.”

Speak­ing on Al Jazeera TV’s “Up­Front” pro­gramme, the CS de­fended po­lice, the mil­i­tary and gov­ern­ment se­cu­rity agen­cies against al­le­ga­tions of ha­rass­ing So­ma­lis in Kenya and vi­o­lat­ing rights of refugees.

“We are not vi­o­lat­ing any obli­ga­tions. If we were, the whole world would have come down like a tonne of bricks right on our heads,” she told host Me­hdi Has­san.

Mo­hamed said the on­go­ing repa­tri­a­tion for­mula for So­mali refugees is within the tri­par­tite agree­ment signed be­tween Kenya, So­ma­lia and the UN refugee agency.

“We have a tri­par­tite agree­ment that we en­tered into in [Novem­ber] 2013 - not yes­ter­day, not to­day, not the day be­fore,” she said.

In­ter­na­tional and lo­cal hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions have doc­u­mented wide­spread and sys­tem­atic cases of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings and en­forced dis­ap­pear­ances.

In 2014, the In­de­pen­dent Medico-Le­gal Unit recorded 199 cases of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, and 97 by October 2015, in­clud­ing 85 sum­mary ex­e­cu­tions by po­lice of­fi­cers and the Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice.

In its ‘Er­ror of Fight­ing Ter­ror with Ter­ror’ re­port re­leased in Septem­ber last year, the Kenya Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights, a state agency, doc­u­mented 120 cases of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions.

They in­cluded wide­spread, sys­tem­atic and well-co­or­di­nated ar­bi­trary ar­rests, ex­tor­tion, il­le­gal de­ten­tion, tor­ture, killings and dis­ap­pear­ances.

In its re­port ‘Deaths and Dis­ap­pear­ances: Abuses in Counter-ter­ror­ism Op­er­a­tions in North­east­ern Kenya’ launched in July, Hu­man Rights Watch recorded 34 cases of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings.


Po­lice of­fi­cers look at the bod­ies of sus­pected at­tack­ers out­side Mom­basa Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion on Septem­ber 11

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