Une “premier” in Kenya: police officers are being prosecuted for “crimes contre l’humanité” in post-election violence in 2017. d’autres violations graves des droits humaans “, selon le communiqué du bureau du prosecutor diffused vendredi, qui n’a précis neither l’identité nor le nombre de personnes visées.

La Commission nationale kenyane sur les droits de l’Homme documented 94 deaths, 201 cases of sexual violence and more than 300 injuries, attributed mainly to law enforcement during this period. A six-month-old baby, Samantha Pendo, was notably beaten by the police following a law enforcement raid in Kisumu, in the west of the country. “Les attaques étaiten planiniées, coordinantes et pas le fruit du hasard”, the prosecutor said, evoking notably “murders, tortures, rapes and other forms of sexual violence against civilians”.

According to the prosecutor’s office, il s’agit “des premiers cas de crimes contre l’humanité inculpés en vertu du droit national kenyan”.

La redoutée unité des services spéciaux bientôt démantelée

The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, welcomed the decision of the Kenyan judicial authorities, stating that this constitutes an “important step towards accountability for flagrant human rights violations.” in Kenya »après les violences post-électorales de 2017.

In 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta expects that he will check the attention, more than the son of the main opponent, Raila Odinga, waiting for the results of the fraud and the contest. Demonstrations of Odinga’s partisans were repressed by law enforcement.

Kenyan President William Ruto, elected in August, announced on October 16 the dismantling of the dreaded Special Services Unit (SSU), a police unit created 20 years ago and under fire from critics after cases of forced disappearances and measures. Le chef de l’Etat a également promis une refonte de la police.