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Amnesty International warns Kenya police over use of lethal force

NAIROBI – Amnesty International has told to stop firing live ammunition during opposition protests and instead protect all people gathering in public.

A statement issued by the human rights advocacy organization on Friday said police was using excessive force and killing innocent people.

“We have received reports of at least three deaths, and live TV footage shows another man being shot in the leg. Firearms can only be used when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life,” said Abdullahi Halakhe, Amnesty International’s East Africa Researcher.

“The indiscriminate use of live ammunition is totally unacceptable. Firearms must never be used to disperse crowds.”

 At least 66 people have been killed by police in election-related violence since August, according to Amnesty International research.

 At least 33 of them died in the aftermath of the 8 August elections and another three were killed during the October re-run.

The opposition supporters were trying to get to Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, where they expected Raila Odinga to address them, just hours after he had returned from an eight-day trip to the US.

Odinga boycotted October’s presidential election re-run describing it as a sham and has since launched a civil disobedience campaign to push for electoral reforms and a repeat election early next year. Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the poll, but the Supreme Court is due to rule on the validity of his victory on 20 November.

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1 comment

rezen Nov 18, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Subject: “Amnesty International warns Kenya police over use of lethal force” Nov 18, 2017

Commentary, 18 Nov 2017
Amnesty International is NOT going to solve the deep problem of Kenya — for that matter of the entire Continent of Africa. International organizations were NEVER created to solve the problems of Africa. There are cardinal reasons for their creation. Putting it in undiplomatic words, international organizations of developed countries were created to have employment for their own people — never to help Africa.

Africans must solve their own problems by themselves in their own way. International organizations can never help Africa. They only use Africa for the elongation of their employment with rich retirement Life. Let us put it in a different angle: Can the international organizations care more for the African people than the Africans themselves? In fact, the problem of Africa emanated from the Colonial forces of the so-called “civilized” Western Countries to promote their own interest at the expense of Africa. Was there a single more cruel and inhuman force than the colonial invaders who not only exploited Africa to its bone but also subjugated (hypnotized) the MINDS of the African people in totality? In short, not only the entire African Race wound-up believing/cherishing the European civilization and mode of Life BUT ALSO WOUND-UP HATING ITSELF. That is the greatest historical crime perpetrated upon an entire Continent. THE END

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