Rights groups petition Obama over Kenya violationsfrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – A NUMBER of international human rights organisations have written to American President Barack Obama to raise concern with Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta who they accuse of undermining the Constitution.
The US leader is later this month scheduled to visit Kenya for the first time as President.
Ahead of the historic trip, 18 organisations have written and co-signed a letter highlighting concerns that Kenyatta was undermining his country’s Constitution and its commitments to international human rights law under the pretext of promoting national security and combating terrorism
“As one of Kenya’s closest allies and a key partner in the fight against terrorism, the US has a unique role in urging President Kenyatta and his government to change its current trajectory and work to implement the 2010 Constitution,” the letter read.
The rights groups further appealed to Obama.
“We urge you to raise these critical issues during your upcoming historic visit to Kenya.”
The Kenyatta administration has come under some criticism for some strategies adopted to combat the Islamic militant Al Shabaab sect.
Members of the Muslim community have alleged they were being targeted.
– CAJ News
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