A total of 110 cases of enforced disappearances have been reported at the Coast in 5 years.
According to human rights report, the cases were reported in all the six Coastal counties.
While addressing locals after they handed over the petition to the judiciary at the Mombasa law courts on Friday during commemoration of the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the situation worsens day by day.
Where are they?
The rights defenders have been posing the question ‘Wako wapi’ which loosely translates to ‘Where are they?’ amid soaring of the inhuman cases.
“We are unshaken and stand firm by our report, we seek answers to these inhuman acts and gross human rights violations,” noted Mr. Khalid.
All the six Coastal counties of Taita Taveta, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana river and Lamu have been affected by the human rights concern.
“In the last 5 years, over 110 persons have entangled in enforced disappeared and this number is rising day by day,” noted Mr. Khalid.
They said more than 10 cases of enforced disappearances have been reported beginning 2019.
“While people keep disappearing, the authorities remain mum even when evidence is presented including vehicle number plates and description of the people seen taking them, little is done to follow up on the leads,” revealed the vocal human rights Czar.
The situation has caused great concern to the families and Kenyans who greatly suspect security agents are fully involved.
The activists are now demanding immediate end to the heinous, unconstitutional and repugnant act of enforced disappearances in Kenya, immediate enactment by Parliament legislation on enforced disappearances and immediate setting of a judicial inquiry to investigate enforced disappearances at the Coast.
[Human rights defenders in commemorating the International Day of Victims of Enforced disappearances. Photo/Tom Fondo].
“We also demand the immediate conclusion of pending cases of enforced disappearances in court including the case of Hemed Salim (2014) and Husni Mbarak (2018),” he said.
The rights defenders who were also accompanied by Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir also wanted security agents to provide updates to affected families about efforts made so far in searching for their loved ones who were entangled in enforced disappearances.
The rights activists who later planted trees at the Swahilipot Hub arts and technology centre grounds in Mombasa presented their petition to the Judiciary with a promise that they will push for justice at the corridors of the Legislature and the Executive soon.