KNCHR to conduct public inquiry on cases of extra judicial killings in...

KNCHR to conduct public inquiry on cases of extra judicial killings in Coast

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Kenya National Commission for Human Rights Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori(center) flanked by Vice chairperson George Morara (left) and Commissioner Jedida Warohio (2nd from right) addressing the press in Mombasa. KNCHR is set to conduct public inquiry on impact of insecurity in coast region.

Mombasa, KENYA:Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is set conduct an inquiry on how insecurity has impacted on human rights in the Coast region.

The commission announced that the inquiry would analyze the impact of insecurity in Mombasa, Kwale, Tana River and Lamu.

KNCHR chairperson Kagwira Mbogori said the four counties are the hardest hit with enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture and related human rights violations.

Kagwiria said the investigations would be conducted for three months and will commence in October in Mombasa.

“The public inquiry aims to audit effects of insecurity reported in these four counties.These include the human rights that have been violated or threatened due to lack of insecurity with the aim of making appropriate recommendations to various government agencies on the structure that may be needed to tighten security situation in the larger coast region’, she said.

She urged families which have suffered at the hands of the security agencies to come forward during the public hearings.

Between 2013 and 2016 at least 303 cases of extra judicial killings, disappearances, torture and related human rights violations have been reported in the region.

The vice chairman George Morara said investigations into insecurity pointed to a worrying trend of loss of lives at the hands of terrorists, extra judicial killings and arbitrary arrests, forcible transfers of vulnerable people and massive destruction of property.

“There has also been an increase in the casualties among the law enforcement officers, a trend rarely witnessed in the past. In Coast terrorism is a major topic which we will unearth,” he added.

The commission said previous security report indicates that in 2012, over 100 people were killed and thousands displaced in ethnic violence between communities in Tana River County.

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