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Kenya's Terror Bill Rejected

A Kenyan parliamentary committee has opposed a new draft bill aimed at combating terrorism in the East African nation. Their decision coincided with hundreds of protestors taking to the streets of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to voice their opposition to the Suppression of Terrorism Bill. A statement from the Administration of Justice and Legal Affairs Committee said that the proposed bill “threatens to tear apart the very fabric of one nation and could offer fertile ground for inter-religious animosity and suspicion”. Kenyan Muslims, who make up 30% of the country’s 31 million people, have been expressing fears that the bill targets them. Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kiraitu Murungi says that the bill is supposed to meet certain concerns of national security and that there is no clause that targets the Muslim community. The bill allows police to arrest and search property without authority from the courts, and allows investigators to detain suspected terrorists for 36 hours without allowing them contact to the outside world. Full Story

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