167 people including some of those arrested for violating Covid-19 restrictions were unlawfully killed in 2021 by Kenya’s police, Amnesty International claimed.
The rights group alleged the force was also responsible for the forcible disappearance of 33 people in 2021.
“Excessive and sometimes lethal force” were used to break up protests, the rights group said in its report looking at events in 2021. It added that many of the alleged perpetrators were not facing justice.
“Only 28 prosecutions were initiated against suspected perpetrators of unlawful killings and enforced disappearance,” the rights group said.
“Investigations into the incident by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), an independent civilian body, were not concluded by the end of 2021,” the report said.
The East African nation’s police force which has often been accused of brutality said its officers are highly trained.