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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Kenya
January 22, 2015

21st Session of the Universal Periodic Review

Statement as delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper,
U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council

January 22, 2015


Thank you Mr. President.

The United States welcomes the Kenyan delegation.

We recommend Kenya:

  1. Implement the recommendations put forth by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority’s 2014 reports on the “Usalama Watch” security operation and on the Mpeketoni  attacks.
  2. Follow-through on the government’s commitment to investigate the killing of activist Hassan Guyo, and thoroughly investigate all extrajudicial killings in Kenya, with a view to ensuring accountability.
  3.  Implement the 2013 Public Benefits Organizations (PBO) Act, and ensure that any PBO amendments are undertaken in consultation with civil society.

We condemn the terrorist attacks on Kenyans and remain Kenya’s partner in improving its security.  We are concerned about reports of excessive force and unlawful methods used by security forces undertaking counterterrorism efforts.  Upholding human rights and democracy is one of the most effective ways to bolster security.

We commend Kenya for its progress in approving the 2010 constitution.  We are, however, concerned about efforts that appear to undermine constitutional rights, including elements of new counter terrorism legislation.

Thank you.