HRW: Kenya needs to address police killings
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling upon authorities in Kenya to address a “scourge” of unlawful police killings.
The rights group says its own investigations found three separate incidents where Nairobi police killed 21 alleged suspects unlawfully in some of the capital’s poorest neighbourhoods. HRW is calling for authorities to investigate the killings and hold guilty officers accountable.
HRW on Nairobi police killings
“While we managed to investigate 21 recent killings, activists working in these neighborhoods [sic] and the media report much higher numbers,” HRW said on Thursday. “But for many reasons, including the non-cooperation by police to obscure justice, and reluctance by victims and witnesses to report the crimes, police killings are rarely reported or investigated.”
The group’s investigations find many police officers in Kenya’s capital are acting with impunity.
“Police don’t follow their own procedures for reporting each killing. In the few cases where investigations are ongoing, police have failed to cooperate with investigators from Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), a civilian police accountability institution.”
The organisation says it contacted Hillary Mutyambai last week, who was recently named the new inspector general of Police, to share its findings and push for accountability.