US report says Kenya continues to deny government-directed violence against Muslims

In a revealing new U.S. State Department report, human rights organizations in Kenya say that the national government is taking “limited and uneven” steps to address religious violence in the country. Diplomats have worked to discuss how to alleviate violence and promote religious freedoms, but government practices have not matched the language of the laws.

In February, Christian media in Nairobi reported al-Shabaab militants separated passengers on a bus by faith and that the militants killed two Christians and a Muslim who reportedly attempted to help the Christians. Numerous isolated violent acts against Christians in Kenya continue to occur, especially throughout the northeast and coastal region.

According to numerous human rights organizations, the Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab continues to carry out attacks on northeastern Kenya. The violence continues to disproportionately affect Muslims, especially ethnic Somalis on the Somalia border. Violence includes extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitary arrest and detention. Yet, the Kenya government has denied directing such actions.

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