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Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                                            gvnet.com/torture/Kenya.htm

Republic of Kenya

The regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa, Kenya has been hampered by corruption and by reliance upon several primary goods whose prices have remained low.

In 2006 the World Bank and IMF delayed loans pending action by the government on corruption. The international financial institutions and donors have since resumed lending, despite little action on the government's part to deal with corruption. Post-election violence in early 2008, coupled with the effects of the global financial crisis on remittance and exports, reduced GDP growth to 2.2% in 2008, down from 7% the previous year.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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CAUTION:  The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Kenya.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

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3 Kitui women accuse police of torture at Syongila AP Camp

Kitavi Mutua, Daily Nation, 10 November 2017

www.nation.co.ke/counties/kitui/3-Kitui-women-accuse-of-police-of-3-hour-torture/3444936-4181518-yl10emz/index.html

[accessed 11 November 2017]

The AP officers stormed their homes, found them cooking and dragged them out of their kitchens as their young children cried in fear of the officers’ terror.   At the camp, they were accused of insulting Pastor Augustus Ngui of Vision Outreach Ministry, whose church they ditched.

WHIPS - The police forced them to lie on their bellies on a dusty floor inside their camp and started whipping their backsides, the woman told the Nation.

“We were held for more than three hours at night, facing brutal assault and no charges were preferred against us,” Mrs Kyalo, who was accompanied by her husband Kyalo Musyimi at the hospital, said.   “The officers released us instead of booking us at the nearest police station, if we had committed any offence.”

Mr Musyimi claimed that the AP officers were bribed by Pastor Ngui to “discipline the women” to settle a score.   The women said they were not in good terms with the church leader after they quit his ministry and joined another church.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2015 - Events of 2014

Human Rights Watch, 29 January 2015

www.hrw.org/world-report/2015/... or download PDF at  www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/wr2015_web.pdf

[accessed 18 March 2015]

KENYA

ABUSES BY GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES - Kenyan security forces conducted several abusive counterterrorism operations in Nairobi, on the coast, and in North Eastern region in 2014 following attacks and intercommunal clashes. The operations largely targeted ethnic Somali and Muslim communities.

During the Usalama Watch operation in Nairobi and Mombasa in April, security officers from multiple agencies raided homes, buildings, and shops, carting away money, cell phones, and other goods. They harassed and detained thousands— including journalists, refugees, Kenyan citizens, and international aid workers—without charge, and in appalling conditions for periods well beyond the 24-hour legal limit.

Various police units have also been implicated in the torture, disappearance, and unlawful killing of alleged terrorism suspects and individuals of Somali origin, Somali refugees, and Muslims in Mombasa, Nairobi, North Eastern region, and other parts of the country.

Prison Commandant boss sued over torture of five inmates

Maureen Odiwuor, Standard Digital News, Kisumu, 7 March 2014

www.standardmedia.co.ke/thecounties/article/2000106290/prison-commandant-boss-sued-over-torture-of-five-inmates

[accessed 17 March 2014]

A lawyer in Kisumu has sued Prisons Commandant Isaiah Osugo over torture of five inmates. The inmates at Kibos Main Prison in Kisumu County are alleged to have been tortured during a raid for contraband on February 13. Lawyer Jamsumbah Onyango told the High Court sitting in Kisumu that on February 14, he went to the prison seeking to visit and interview the five but was denied the opportunity to see them. Prison officials told him the previous night they was a problem. He told Justice Hillary Chemitei that out of curiosity, he found out from prison warders that prisoners were unlawfully tortured and they sustained serious injuries. Those who were badly injured were not allowed to see their relatives or advocates.

Masinde’s torture ordeal in the hands of police

Joe Kiarie, The Standard, Nairobi, Kenya, 30 Aug 2013

www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000092372&story_title=Kenya-masinde-s-torture-ordeal-in-the-hands-of-police

[accessed 31 Aug 2013]

Charles Masinde still rues the moment he dared argue with a traffic policeman.

“Two men in plainclothes and one in police uniform jumped out, identified themselves as policemen and started raining kicks and blows on me. They pointed guns at me, saying they would kill me for kidnapping a state officer,”

Masinde says he was taken to Parklands Police Station where he claims two officers beat him nightlong before he was released early the following morning with no charges preferred against him.

Kenya police accused of abuse, torture, rape of Somali refugees after terror attacks

Tom Odula, The Associated Press AP, Nairobi, 29 May 2013

www.foxnews.com/world/2013/05/29/kenya-police-accused-abuse-torture-rape-somali-refugees-after-terror-attacks/

[accessed 21 March 2014]

Kenyan police abused and extorted money from Somali refugees after attacks in the capital believed to have been carried out by the Somali militant group al-Shabab, an international human rights group said Wednesday.

The Human Rights Watch report, covering mid-November to late January, also said that police arbitrarily arrested more than 1,000 asylum seekers.

The rights group said police used the attacks and a government order to relocate urban refugees to camps as an excuse to carry out the abuses.

“Refugees told us how hundreds of Kenyan police unleashed 10 weeks of hell on communities close to the heart of Nairobi, torturing, abusing, and stealing from some of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people,” said Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher for Human Rights Watch and author of the report.

A report released last week by the government-funded Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission found Kenya’s state security agencies, particularly the police and army, have been the main perpetrators of human rights violations, including massacres, enforced disappearances, torture and sexual violence.

A bribe-taking culture exists in the force and officers live in deplorable conditions, are poorly paid, under-equipped and understaffed, former police spokesman Eric Kiraithe admitted last year.

The state of the world's human rights

Amnesty International AI, Annual Report 2013

www.amnesty.org/en/region/kenya/report-2013

[accessed 26 Jan 2014]

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY POLICE - Amnesty International continued to receive reports of a range of human rights violations by the police including excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests and cases of ill-treatment of people in police detention. There were also numerous reports that the police targeted members of particular communities, in particular people of Somali origin, across the country.

Impunity for human rights violations committed by the police continued. The implementation of key laws setting the framework for police reform was seriously delayed. The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) began work in June. It was mandated to investigate complaints and disciplinary or criminal offences committed by any member of the National Police Service. However, there were concerns that the budget allocated to IPOA was not sufficient for it to carry out its mandate.

In October, police arrested Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) leader Omar Mwamnuadzi, as well as more than 40 other people believed to be members of the MRC. During their arrest, two people were killed and several others injured by the police, including Omar Mwamnuadzi who was beaten. The group was charged with a range of offences, including belonging to an unlawful group, incitement and possession of firearms. Their cases were pending at the end of the year.

In October, police fired rubber bullets into a crowd demonstrating outside a police station about insecurity in Mathare, an informal settlement in Nairobi. Three protesters were arrested and charged with incitement to violence. Seven activists, including an Amnesty International staff member and two volunteers, who had attempted to meet with the police to discuss the protest, were arbitrarily detained, held overnight at Pangani police station in incommunicado detention and beaten. They were charged with incitement to violence, obstructing an officer while on duty and disorderly behaviour. The case was pending at the end of the year.

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61575.htm

[accessed 16 February 2011]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT – The law prohibits such practices and the government took steps to eliminate prisoner abuse. There were documented instances of police using physical violence and torture during interrogations and as punishment of both pretrial detainees and convicted prisoners.

Detainees frequently claimed that they had been tortured or abused, making it difficult to separate real from fabricated incidents. But human rights organizations, churches, and the press highlighted and criticized numerous cases of torture and several cases of indiscriminate police beatings. The IMLU received 397 cases alleging torture at the hands of security officers, an increase from the 304 allegations IMLU received in 2004. According to the IMLU, a common form of torture was falanga, the beating of the feet and joints while the feet and hands were handcuffed and the victim was suspended upside down. Another method included placing a metallic drum over the victim's head and shooting at the drum.

The IMLU reported that cases of police torture resulted in death (see section 1.a.). Since the police themselves were responsible for investigating and prosecuting most crimes, reports from IMLU and other human rights organizations that provided evidence of torture by security forces were routinely ignored.

In February Salim Elijah Masinde, an inmate in Kamiti Prison told IMLU he had been severely beaten while in custody since 1988. A doctor's examination revealed that he had been abused. An IMLU investigation was ongoing at year's end and Masinde remains in prison.

There were no developments in the June 2004 case of David Ndegwa Kimemia who suffered a broken leg while in custody. OnMay 4, Ndegwa was acquitted of abusing a local chief due to lack of evidence.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 4   Civil Liberties: 3   Status: Partly Free

2009 Edition

www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2009/kenya

[accessed 26 June 2012]

While there are checks on arbitrary arrest in the legal system, they are not uniformly respected. Police still use force to extract information from suspects and deny them access to legal representation. Security forces engaged in extrajudicial killings during the 2008 postelection violence.

JUVENILE INJUSTICE: Police Abuse And Detention Of Street Children In Kenya

Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Project, June 1997 -- ISBN 1-56432-214-9  Library of Congress 97-77536

Click [here] to access the article.  Its URL is not displayed because of its length

[accessed 25 September 2011]

Street children in Kenya face innumerable hardships and danger in their daily lives. In addition to the hazards of living on the street, these children face harassment and abuse from the police and within the juvenile justice system for no reason other than the fact that they are street children. Living outside the protection of responsible adults, street children are easy and silent targets for abuse by police and society at large. On the streets, they are subject to frequent beatings by police as well as monetary extortion and sexual abuse. They are subject to frequent arrest simply because they are homeless.

 

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