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Amnesty International Says Atleast 5 People Died From Gunshot Wounds During Protests At Parliament

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Amnesty International confirmed at least 5 people died from gunshot wounds. Photo: DW.

Amnesty International has confirmed that at least five people died from gunshot wounds during protests in Nairobi.

In a joint statement with the Law Society of Kenya, the Kenya Medical Association and The Police Reforms Working Group said human rights were violated during demonstrations.

Amnesty International revealed that despite the assurance by the Government that the right to assembly would be protected and facilitated, the protests spiralled into violence.

Human rights observers and medical officers reported several incidents of human rights violations.

“Throughout the day, we have reliably documented the following. At least five people have died from gunshot wounds. Thirty-one people have been injured. 13 have been shot with live bullets, 4 with rubber bullets, and 3 people have been hit with launcher canisters. 11 others survived with minor injuries.” The statement said.

Amnesty International also detailed arrests and abductions of Kenyans before and after the protests.

They shared that in the last 24 hours, there were 21 abductions and disappearances by uniformed and non-uniformed officers.

Among them are Shadrack Kiprono (now released), Kevin Monari, Zadock Nyamari Monari, Gabriel Oguda, Andrew Mwangi, John Frank Ngemi, Avugwi Chagusia, Chebet Kirui (Nakuru), Brian Nzavi Ngula, Harriet Nyongesa and Ernest Nyerere (now released). There have been at least 52 arrests.

Amnesty called on the government to de-escalate the situation and stop the use of lethal force to protect life.

On Tuesday, a section of the National Assembly was burnt with reports of Members of Parliament injured, while others fainted while trying to run away from protesters.

Senate Speaker Amason Kingi was rushed to hospital by an ambulance after getting caught up during the confrontations.