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Parliamentary questions
29 August 2017
P-005319-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Neena Gill (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Kenyan elections — police violence
 Answer(s) 

Research conducted by Human Rights Watch in the aftermath of Kenya’s recent elections found that police action during opposition protests and house-to-house operations in western Kenya resulted in sexual harassment, abuse, excessive force and unlawful killings(1).

Kenyan officials, including acting cabinet secretary for internal security Fred Matiang’i and Kisumu County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed downplay the number of victims and even deny that human rights violations have occurred.

Freedom of assembly, expression and the prohibition of the excessive use of force are established principles under international law and enshrined in Kenya’s constitution.

1. Is the VP/HR aware of the post-election violence in Kenya and if so, has she discussed the killings and human rights violations with Kenyan authorities?

2. How does the VP/HR assess the current security environment in Kenya and the climate in which police forces are in certain instances quick to resort to violence and disproportionate measures in response to protests?

3. Will the VP/HR, in her dealings with Kenyan authorities, stress the need to investigate killings and human rights violations, and will she urge the relevant Kenyan bodies to ensure that those responsible are held to account and to break the cycle of the use of violence by police forces?

(1) https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/08/28/kenya-post-election-killings-abuse

Last updated: 4 September 2017Legal notice