NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYAN security forces have secretly kidnapped more than 30 people, whose whereabouts are unknown, in the last two years during operations to rid the country of the Al-Shabaaab terror group.
This is according to a global rights group, which accused the government of complicity in the violations mostly in the capital Nairobi and the North East.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), in its report released Wednesday, stated victims were reported missing but government took no action.
The report, Deaths and Disappearances: Abuses in Counter terrorism Operations in Nairobi and in Northeastern Kenya, documents 34 instances of multi-agency security operations involving the raiding homes and compounds to arrest people allegedly suspected of links with Al-Shabaab.
“In months, and in some cases over a year later, suspects have not been charged with any crimes and families cannot locate them,” the HRW report reads.
HRW urged authorities to end the abuses in counter terrorism operations and investigate the enforced disappearances.
Kenya is under siege from the Al-Shabaab terror group emanating from neighbouring Somalia.
Since late 2011, Kenya has seen an upsurge in violent terrorist attacks by the Islamic militant group.
This is in retaliation of a military mission between the Somalian and Kenyan military that began in October 2011, when troops from Kenya crossed the border into the conflict zones of southern Somalia.
In Kenya, security operations are underway to ensure the country does not breed the insurgents.
This was cited among the reasons Kenya has closed the Dabaab refugee centre, which housed mainly Somali refugees.
– CAJ News