Police violating human rights while enforcing Covid-19 regulations

Police violating human rights while enforcing Covid-19 regulations

The International Commission of Jurist accuses the National Police Service and the Interior ministry of using the pandemic to violate people’s rights through the Public Health Act, Public Order Act and other subsidiary legislation.

“We are witnessing rampant and continued human rights violations meted indiscriminately in the guise of controlling the spread of Covid-19,” ICJ’s chair Kelvin Mogeni said in a statement.

The ICJ accuses the National Police Service of using the pandemic to violate people’s rights through the Public Health Act, Public Order Act and other subsidiary legislation.

Even though the lobby admits that measures put in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus are in order, it points out that innocent civilians’ rights have been put at risk by law enforcers and that it is impossible for victims to seek redress.

“We are concerned that the country is retrogressing into a police state and the police are becoming enforcers of all laws in Kenya.”



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