The Kenya police have been accused of extra-judicial killings and arbitrary arrests. [Photo|]

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Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has raised alarm over increased cases of violation of civil rights and sexual abuse.

The agency noted that the cases of violation of rights to life, owning property, extra-judicial killings and arbitrary arrests were increasing.

KNCHR senior human rights officer Petronella Mukaindo said some of the universal rights guaranteed in the universal declaration are not being realised in Kenya.

"Issues of bribery happen to compromise human rights. We have also seen defenders of human rights getting arrested for speaking their minds," she said.

Mukaindo noted that the cases of mob killings of elderly persons and sexual abuse were alarming in the Coast.

"Issues of mob killings of elderly persons accused of practising witchcraft have been reported. The elderly people have also been an easy targets of murder, violence and ridicule," she said.

The human rights official said forced female circumcision was still rife in the North Eastern.

"The commission is working on a report of cases of sexual and gender-based violence we have received," she said.

Mukaindo was speaking on Sunday as the world marked the 69th International Human Rights Day.