Kenya gov't abusing rights to privacy in counter-terrorism

AP News
Posted: Mar 16, 2017 8:11 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An international human rights organization says Kenya's security agencies are violating privacy rights in counter-terrorism operations.

London-based Privacy International says in a report the information gathered by security agencies from phone intercepts and records are used to commit human rights abuses.

According to the report, communications surveillance is carried out by Kenyan state agents, essentially without oversight, contravening procedures required by Kenyan laws.

The national intelligence service is making the phone intercepts and providing the information to police who then obtain the necessary clearance to monitor the same target. Information obtained through communications surveillance is central to the identification, pursuit, and "neutralization," or killing, of suspects, the report says. Kenya has experienced frequent extremist attacks since it sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight militants.