Police fire tear gas to halt opposition protests in two Kenyan cities

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The Supreme Court last month voided the election citing procedural irregularities and ordered a re-run, which is to be held on October 26.

"In a 37-page joint report titled "'Kill Those Criminals': "Security Forces' Violations in Kenya's August 2017 Elections" released on Monday, the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International focused on the use of excessive force by Kenyan police that led to many deaths in opposition strongholds.

"Researchers found that although police behaved appropriately in some instances, in many others they shot or beat protesters to death", the report said.

The report is likely to bolster the case of Kenyan activists and rights groups who accuse police of brutality and extrajudicial killings but say few officers are charged and convictions are extremely rare.

Police spokesman Charles Owino did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Dozens of people were killed and many more left with life-altering injuries in attacks by the police against opposition supporters", said Michelle Kagari, deputy regional director for East Africa, the Horn, and the Great Lakes at Amnesty International.

The parents of a six-month-old baby told Reuters during the violence their child was clubbed by police in her home and died from brain trauma at a hospital several days later. The president said the election would proceed.

On Sunday, Odinga repeated his call for more protests, which authorities banned in the central business districts of Nairobi, the coastal city of Mombasa and the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in western Kenya.

This report says taken together with others killings reported to the groups but which could not be confirmed, the nationwide death toll could be as high as 67.

He added, "The Kenyan authorities should urgently ensure that all those responsible for unlawful use of force are held to account, and that police comply with global law and standards on the use of force during the upcoming repeat election period".

Kenya receives financial support for security from the United States, Britain and other worldwide donors.

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