Kenya report: Police accused of post-vote sexual violence

2018-11-28 21:23
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Kenyan police are accused of committing the majority of sexual violence reported during last year's opposition protests over election results, the government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said on Wednesday.

Its new report focuses on alleged gang rapes and other abuses during the uproar between the announcement of presidential election results on August 11 and the Supreme Court-ordered fresh vote on October 26. President Uhuru Kenyatta won that vote, boycotted by the opposition, after the court nullified the first one citing "irregularities and illegalities."

Victims of sexual violence said the perpetrators included ordinary citizens, criminals and members of security forces, who allegedly accounted for 54 percent of the 201 cases recorded, the report says.

"From the KNCHR's findings, it can be deduced that sexual violence is being used as a weapon for electoral-related conflict," the report says.

Kenyan police did not immediately respond to the findings.

Sexual violence was used as "punishment" in certain areas, notably in Nyanza and Nairobi, with both opposition and ruling-party neighborhoods targeted, the report says. Most victims were women from low-income neighborhoods, with the youngest victim 7 and the oldest 68.

Sexual violence took the form of rapes and gang rapes and in certain cases parents were sexually assaulted in front of their children, the report says. 

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