Human Rights Watch Report Accuses Kenyan Police and Soldiers of Abusing Somalis

Posted May 4th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is accusing Kenyan police and soldiers of rampant human rights abuses against ethnic Somalis and Kenyans citizens without facing any consequences.

The International Rights groups released a 65 page report, citing widespread emotional and physical abuses, include rape, during a four month period, beginning last November.

The report says Somalis were singled out in response to attacks on Kenyan soldiers by Islamist al-Shabaab militants and their supporters.

HRW says the greatest abuses were carried out by police at Dadaab refugee camp, based on interviews with 20 Somalis and 35 Kenyan citizens.

Police officers were accused of raping women, and stealing large amounts of money and personal belongs.

Kenyan troops entered Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia's effort to help prop up the country's weak transitional government, which is battling al-Shabaab. HRW says the alleged Kenyan police abuses against Somalis has created an atmosphere of mistrust around their mission in Somalia.