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October 2, 2015

Inter-religious clashes in Bangui, Central African Republic

On 26th Sept, a group of Muslims attacked a Christian neighbourhood in Bangui in reprisal for the killing of a Muslim man. The clash left at least 21 people dead and another 100 wounded. The wave of violence between Christians and Muslims had followed the putsch carried out by Muslim Seleka rebels in 2013 and has not decreased after the resignation of the Seleka-led regime in 2014. Voters will elect a new president and parliament on Oct 18 to replace an interim government led by C. Samba-Panza.

October 2, 2015

International Commission of Jurists: Many Kenyans unfairly jailed due to ignorance of court processes

According to the Commission, some inmates had only been convicted because they did not know how to avail themselves of any legal defence. A prison officer noted that many convicted persons could not afford hiring lawyers. There are serious gaps in the provision of legal services to the accused. Therefore, the ICJ is training inmates as paralegals to pass on skills on court procedures to those still undergoing trials. The project was launched last weekend (26 September) in Homa Bay GK Prison.

September 25, 2015

Ghana judges to be investigated over corruption allegations

The two-year investigation conducted by the journalist Anas Aremeyaw Ana has revealed that 34 judges have accepted bribes and extorted money. Ghana’s judicial council will now start an inquiry into corruption of the judiciary. Chief justice Georgina Theodora Wood has summoned the 12 high court and 22 lower court judges who are implicated in the corruption.

September 16, 2015

Tanzania's President applaudes African Court on Human and People's Rights

Jakaya Kikwete honored the achievements the court has accomplished in just a decade of existence. At the same time he criticized the push of African countries to establish an own court with a mandate to try crimes against humanity within the AfCHPR, as this would pose an aggression against the International Criminal Court (ICC). He also urged respect for the The Hague-based Court, which has recently come under heavy criticism from the African leaders as being biased towards Africa.

September 16, 2015

Referendum on reduction of presidential mandate in Senegal

In May 2016 Senegal will hold a referendum on the reduction of the presidential term from seven to five years. President Macky Sall thereby wishes to realize what his predecessor Abdoulaye Wade had initiated in the 1990s. The shortened mandate is hoped to encourage political reforms, strengthen good governance and entrench the democratization process. The referendum is expected to garner a majority "yes" vote.

September 15, 2015

Meeting of the African Expert Study Group on International Criminal Justice

Organized by the KAS Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa, the Expert Group meets yearly to elaborate, reflect and evaluate the developments of International Criminal Justice from an African perspective. At this year's meeting in Kigali, Rwanda the group focused on issues such as impunity, immunity of heads of states as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the International Criminal Court. All participants will contribute to our yearly publication on International Criminal Justice. more…

September 1, 2015
Ms Elizabeth Mrema, Director, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UNEP (L) and Dr. Arne Wulff, Director of KAS' Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa signing the agreement

COOPERATION AGREEMENT

KAS and UNEP have agreed to collaborate on areas of mutual interest pursuant to the common objectives shared by both organizations with regard to the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources. The 1st Africa Colloquium on Environmental Rule of Law for judges and other important legal stakeholders scheduled for Nairobi in October 2015 will be the first joint event under the Cooperation Agreement that was signed at the UNEP offices on 31st August 2015.

August 31, 2015

East African Legislative Assembly to restrict child adoption to nationals

The legislative arm of the East African Community wants its member states Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi to allow child adoption to their nationals only. Rwanda already passed a corresponding bill in 2007. The prohibition for foreigners to adopt children from these countries is supposed to prevent human trafficking. Moreover, the Assembly called for a ban on orphanages. It remains questionable whether nationals have the capacities to adopt the 1.8 million orphans living just in Kenya.

August 31, 2015

GIZ cuts funding to Burundi as Nkurunziza begins third presidential term

The GIZ, a leading German development agency, asked the East African Community (EAC) to exclude Burundi from all programmes it funds. As the EAC makes decisions through consensus, this would also have negative effects on the whole regional bloc. The GIZ's decision to cut funds stems from the controversial third term of Pierre Nkurunziza as Burundis President. The US as well as European countries have also threatened with serious consequences. more…

August 20, 2015

International Criminal Court resumes case against Kenya

The country is accused of refusing to cooperate with the ICC during the investigations against Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenya's current President was charged with crimes against humanity he allegedly committed in the post-election violence in 2007/8. In case Kenya's non-compliance is reported to the UN Security Council, the country might face international sanctions. However, the Court's decision on Kenya's willingness to cooperate will in no way affect the withdrawal of Uhuru Kenyatta's case.