In Summary
  • The group expressed concern about the ability of Kenya's police to respond effectively and lawfully to violence that could occur before, during or after the elections scheduled for August.

  • In addition, “questions remain over the credibility and competence of the Judiciary to arbitrate electoral disputes fairly,” HRW said.

Kenyan officials failed to respect human rights in many instances last year, a monitoring group charged on Thursday in its annual global report.

“Respect for human rights in Kenya remained precarious in 2016, with authorities failing to adequately investigate a range of abuses across the country and undermining basic rights to free expression and association,” Human Rights Watch said.

The New York-based NGO pointed specifically to 32 cases of “enforced disappearances” and 11 “unexplained deaths” of individuals in Kenya with alleged links to Al-Shabaab.

These persons were last seen in state custody in Nairobi and northeastern Kenya, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

JUDICIARY

The Kenya section of its 687-page world survey also cited reports received by the Commission on Administrative Justice regarding at least 25,000 killings by police across the country in the past three years.

“Kenyan authorities have very rarely investigated the killings or held anyone to account,” HRW said.

The group expressed concern about the ability of Kenya's police to respond effectively and lawfully to violence that could occur before, during or after the elections scheduled for August.

In addition, “questions remain over the credibility and competence of the Judiciary to arbitrate electoral disputes fairly,” HRW said.

PEV VICTIMS

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