HWR official Neela Ghoshal said the steps taken by the Senate were good.
“This is a good step forward for accountability,” said Ghoshal.
It is not clear what effects the steps taken by the Senate may have on the local security agencies.
In March 13, 2012, HRW wrote to Kenya’s Defense Minister Yusuf Haji seeking answers over violations meted on innocent people in Mt Elgon and latest ones in Northern Kenya in the ongoing Operation Linda Nchi in Somalia.
The letter signed by Leslie Lefkow, HRW’s Deputy Director of Africa Division also states that it is in the process of documenting abuses by both the military and Al Shabaab members and their sympathizers both at the Northern part of Kenya and inside Somalia.
Earlier this year, the department of defense formed a board of inquiry into abuses reported in Garisa, Wajir and Mandera but little has been heard of its outcome, if any.