Grassroots Activists Statement Marking the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

As the world mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders Kenya in conjunction with the Coalition for Constitution Implementation Kenya and Bunge la Mwananchi are concerned that cases of enforced disappearances have continued to be reported in Kenya with victims disappearing without trace while others disappear only to be found brutally murdered.

Ranging from the disappearance of the body of the Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi and Kungu Karumba to disappearance of high profile witnesses and recent abduction and brutal murder of Human Rights Lawyer Willy Kimani, Erick Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri, Kenya’s history is dotted with unresolved cases of persons disappearing without trace.  

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According to Human Rights Watch, at least 34 people have been forcibly disappeared by Kenyan security forces since 2014 during abusive counterterrorism operations in Nairobi and in northeastern Kenya while a 2013 report by the US Department of States indicated that Nakuru County Human Rights Network received reports of detainees disappearing after being arrested in 2012.

There have also been reported cases of disappearances and extrajudicial killings in several parts of Nairobi including Mathare, Kangemi, Korogocho, Mukuru and there has also been claims of abduction, repatriation and execution of Oromo and Burundi refugees in Kenya by people believed to be security forces. What is baffling is that the Kenyan Government has been unable to provide adequate explanation and reports on the reported cases and continues to feign ignorance and innocence.

As we mark the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders Kenya, the Coalition for Constitution Implementation Kenya and Bunge la Mwananchi is asking the Kenyan Government to immediately and unconditionally release information related to the following who have either disappeared without trace or have been arrested by police, abducted and later found brutally murdered:

1. Willie Kimani – June 2016 – Mavoko – Arrested by Police, Later Found Dead

2. Erick Mwenda – June 2016 – Mavoko – Arrested by Police, Later Found Dead

3. Joseph Muiruri – June 2016 – Mavoko – Arrested by Police, Later Found Dead

4. Jacob Juma – Nairobi – May 2016 – Abducted and later found brutally murdered

5. Jean de Dieu Kabura (Burundian Refugee) – Kawangware Nairobi – Way laid, stabbed and later died at a Nairobi Hospital

6. Omar Yusuf Mohamed – April 2015 – Mandera – Arrested by Police, has never been seen

7. Hussein Ali Abdullahi – May 2015 – Wajir – Arrested by Police and has never been seen

8. Farah Ibrahim Korio – June 2015 – Wajir – Willingly Reported to Police, Never been found

9. John Kituyi – Eldoret – June 2015 – Murdered in Cold Blood

10. Abdi Bare Mohamed – August 2015 – Mandera – Arrested by Police and Body Found Later

11. Meshack Yebei – December 2014 – Abducted from Hospital and later found dead

12. Deluge Golicha (Registered Oromo asylum seeker with the UNHCR) – Huruma Nairobi – February 2013 – Abducted and shot dead

13. Mohamed Kedir Helgol (Oromo Refugee) – Eastleigh Nairobi – April 2013 – Abducted and shot dead

14. Mohammed Kassim – Mombasa – April 2012 – Has never been found

15. Samir Khan – Mombasa – April 2012 – Arrested in Mombasa, Found Dead in Tsavo

16. Oulu GPO – Nairobi – 2009 – Vehicle Surrounded and Shot Dead in Cold Blood

17. Oscar Kingara – Nairobi – 2009 – Vehicle Surrounded and Shot Dead in Cold Blood

18. Maina Diambo – Nairobi – 2008 – Disappeared never to be found

19. Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi – Killed by Colonialists and his body has never been found

20. Many others who have disappeared without trace since the pre-colonial days in Kenya

We are asking the Kenyan Government to:

1. Fulfill her obligation and protect the sanctity of life as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010

2. Immediately disband the hit squad within the police, arrest them and prosecute them as per the law.

3. Declare Enforced Disappearances and Extra Judicial Executions a National Disaster and immediately commence a public inquiry on the same

4. Fulfill its responsibility and obligation under the 1951 Refugee Convention, the OAU 1969 Refugee Convention, Refugee Act of 2006 and Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human that state that everyone has a right to seek asylum in other countries 

5. Be worried of being unable to govern and resign if they continue to claim that they do not know those behind the executions and disappearances happening in Kenya

Statement Prepared by

1. Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders Kenya

2. The Coalition for Constitution Implementation Kenya

3. Bunge la Mwananchi

In Solidarity with Families of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

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