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2018: Human rights defilement cases on the rise

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Cases on human rights violation have been on a constant rise in Kenya according to analysis done in the first quarter of the year 2018.

The report released by Haki Kenya, a rights agency in the country, shows that violations in this year is significantly higher than last year.

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Last year reported cases were 1,383 while this year the number stand at 1,895.

Major concern

“We are gravely concerned and we are hereby raising an alarm on the current state of worsening human rights situation in the country.

Police are failing to address insecurity and at the same time operating with impunity, violating fundamental freedoms of the people,” said Mr. Collins Owuor, the director, Haki Kenya.

Some of the reported cases include non-payment of dues, harassment at work, lack of contracts and unfair dismissal.

Youth unemployment

Haki Kenya adds that high number of unemployed youths in major cities who are joining criminal gangs also pose a threat to local security. The agency says that more enforcement is required to thwart the security threats.

Mob justice is another concern raised by the human right organization.

“This has also led to the increase in number of mob justice cases because the police officers on the ground are unable to handle the cases”, point out Mr. Khalid, executive director of Haki Kenya.

Impunity and blunder

Additionally, most of the perpetrators, according to the report, walk scot-free due to judicial blunder and the police who are allegedly involved in runaway corruption, denying victims justice.

Such blunders include failure to indicate the right language to be used during court proceedings, magistrates’ failure to admit the suspects’ defense before convicting them, relying on single witnesses, and relying on contradictory evidence.

In a quarterly police report released by the police spokesperson, Charles Owino, cases against morality cases stood at 5,492 in 2017, 6,228 in 2016 and 6,164 in 2015.

There were 784 cases of rape, 3,487 cases of defilement, 287 cases of incest, 107 sodomy, 26 bestiality, 245 indecent assault, 138 abduction and 68 bigamy cases in 2017.

Increased extrajudicial killings

The report further indicate an increased extrajudicial killings mainly in the slums of Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru.

The numbers rose up to 65 during the first quarter of 2018. More than 340 cases of sexual violence was reported.

Defilement, rape and incest cases were reported mainly in the Coast, Western and Northern Kenya.

By George Ogallo

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