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Kenya MPs Debate Tough Security Laws Criticized by Opposition

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Kenya’s parliament has begun debating tougher security laws after a series of attacks by Islamist militants in the country, raising opposition concerns that the bill will suppress human rights.

Proposals in the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 include extending the time authorities can hold suspected criminals beyond the current 24 hours, capping the number of refugees and asylum seekers in the country to 150,000 and establishing a national counter-terrorism center, according to a draft of the legislation distributed in parliament today.