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March 19, 2016

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights rules against Tanzania

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights ruled unanimously in favour of 10 Kenyans (2 have since died) incarcerated in Tanzania for murder and armed robbery. The 10 moved to the African Court citing violation of their right to a fair trial as stipulated under article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. Consequently, Tanzania was ordered to take all necessary measures within a reasonable time to finalise all criminal appeals by or against the Applicants. more…

March 17, 2016

Leading African and International Rights Groups Criticize Rwanda for Restricting Access to African Human Rights Court

A group of leading African and international human rights organizations has in a joint statement criticized the government of Rwanda for withdrawing individual access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Rwandan government made the declaration of its withdrawal days before its recent hearing in the case of Victoire Ingabire before the Court and failed to make an appearance in the case. more…

March 16, 2016

International Criminal Justice in Africa: Issues, Challenges and Prospects

This is the latest edition containing a collection of papers by members of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s African Group of Experts on International Criminal Justice. The book addresses a number of wide-ranging and contemporaneous perspectives relating to the prosecution of international crime on the African continent, covering situations and cases from across Africa as well as larger debates and contemporary issues affecting and shaping the application of international criminal law in Africa. more…

March 5, 2016

Rwanda Withdraws Access to African Court for Individuals and NGOs

Rwanda has announced it will no longer allow individuals and NGOs to directly file complaints against it with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The decision comes as the Court is set to decide a claim against Rwanda by a leading opposition politician Victoire Ingabire. Rwanda deposited the withdrawal notice on February 29, just over 3 years after it first deposited the declaration under Article 34(6) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. more…

March 1, 2016

Regional Workshop for National Human Rights Commissions in the SADC Region on the Restoration of the SADC Tribunal

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung under its Rule of Law Program in collaboration with the SADC Lawyers' Association convened a workshop in Gaborone for the National Human Rights Institutions in Southern Africa to discuss the SADC Tribunal issue. This was part of the wider strategies identified by the two institutions aimed at fostering continued engagement and dialogue among various regional governments and non-state actors towards the restoration of a credible and effective SADC Tribunal. more…

February 16, 2016

The Agreement of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa

Experts and other key stakeholders from Eastern Africa met in Kigali between 10 and 11 February to reflect on the COP21 Paris Agreement and particularly what it will means for Africa. The conference sought to investigate in an interdisciplinary manner, what challenges and opportunities arise from the Agreement and how law, politics, finance and related mechanisms can further climate change justice and enfold protection mechanisms for the most vulnerable. more…

December 11, 2015

HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE ON PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR INTERNATIONAL CRIMES

After more than 20 years of investigating and prosecuting genocide and other serious violations of international law, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) delivered its last judgement on 30 November 2015 marking the completion of the ICTR’s mandate. KAS in partnership with the Tribunal organized a high-level dialogue forum to reflect on lessons learned in the fight against impunity and best practices aimed at promoting accountability for serious violations of international law. more…

December 8, 2015

THE RULE OF LAW AND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE: INVESTIGATING MOTORS FOR DEVELOPMENT

Various stakeholders from the Horn of Africa gathered in Djibouti to exchange views and contribute towards the promotion of regulatory measures in the field of investments for sustainable development in the region and the African continent in general. This forum was convened by the KAS' Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa in collaboration with the Development and Rule of Law Programme (DROP) of the University of Stellenbosch and the Office of the President of the Republic of Djibouti. more…

December 7, 2015

ACHIEVING GENDER EQUALITY IN POLITICAL PROCESSES

Various stakeholders from Africa gathered at the Annual Jurists’ Conference 2015 that was held in Kwale County. The Conference organized jointly by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists and the National Gender Equality Commission sought to contribute towards gender equality in political processes by exploring the various practical steps that each member of the society can play towards promoting women participation in political processes. more…

November 9, 2015

STAKEHOLDERS’ CONFERENCE ON COMBATING CORRUPTION IN AFRICA

Stakeholders from over 10 countries in Africa convened in Cape Town to explore possible and viable steps towards effective fight against corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa. The conference was jointly organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Accountability Now (IFAISA). It was graced by Justices R. Goldstone, A. Sachs, Kate O’Regan, I. Farlam, Dennis Davis: Dr. A. Molokomme, AG-Botswana; Deputy Public Protector K. Malunga among others. more…