Kenyan anti terror squad accused of extra judicial killings
Human rights group said they have strong evidence that Kenya’s anti-terrorism police unit has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.
A Human Rights Watch research conducted between November and June documented at least ten cases of extra judicial killings and other ten cases of enforced disappearances carried out by the Kenya anti terror police unit.
At least eleven cases of mistreatment and harassment of suspects were also documented.
The Human Rights Watch report said suspects were shot dead in public places, abducted from vehicles and courtrooms, assaulted during arrest and denied contact with their families and access to lawyers.
Several Muslim clerics have been shot dead on the coastal city of Mombasa, including Sheikh Aboud Rogo and Abubakar Makaburi accused of backing Al-Shabab fighters and ideologies but the government has denied any involvement.
The Kenyan counterterrorism police unit receives significant funding and training from the United States and the Britain.
“Donors need to carry out their own investigations of these abuses and suspend their assistance to abusive forces, or risk being complicit in Kenya’s culture of impunity,” the rights group said.
Kenya experienced wave of terror attacks since its troops went inside Somalia in October 2011.
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