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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.

August 7, 2015

Pan African Lawyers Union request for provisional measures to stay presidential elections in Burundi disallowed by EACJ

The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) and the East African Civil Society Organisation's Forum (EACSOF) filed two applications at the East African Court of Justice to review the legality of Pierre Nkurunziza third run for presidential election in Burundi. In a controversial decision the countries' constitutional court had previously approved his potential re-election. PALU's request to stay the election was rejected by the EACJ. EACSOF's reference remains to be heard. more…

July 22, 2015

Chad ex-leader brought before Senegalese Court

The former President of Chad, Hissene Habre, was forced to appear for trial in Senegal. He is accused of torture and large-scale assassinations during his term of office from 1982 to 1990. It is the first time a former Afircan leader is facing charges for human rights violations before a court in another African country. The historic proceedings, which enjoy full support by the African Union and organisations such as Human Rights Watch, are terminated to last approximately three months.

June 8, 2015

Media Freedom in Africa – Landmark ruling by the African Court!

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights delivered a historic ruling on 5/6/2015 in the case of Norbert Zongo, a Burkina Faso newspaper editor who was murdered together with 3 other people in 1998. The Court ordered Burkina Faso to resume the investigations with a view to finding, charging and trying the perpetrators. The State was also ordered to pay compensation to the spouses, children and parents of each of the four victims. The government has 6 months to report on the progress made. more…

June 2, 2015

STAKEHOLDERS’ WORKSHOP ON GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY IN THE SADC REGION

In the wake of the recent general elections that were held in the SADC region, SADCLA and KAS under its Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa convened a stakeholders’ workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa to review the national and regional legal instruments governing elections in the region with the view to recommending best practices for the development of a sound legal environment for elections, democracy and governance. more…

March 31, 2015

Regional Training and Advocacy Workshop on Women Rights in West Africa

The African Court Coalition in partnership with Senegalese Association of Female Jurists (AJS) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung carried out a training and Advocacy workshop in Dakar, Senegal from 24 to 25 February 2015. The main objective of the training was to contribute towards strengthening the protection of women rights in West Africa by educating and creating awareness on the rights of women and relevant procedures to be followed in redressing violations of such rights. more…

February 16, 2015

Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

KAS and DROP convened a conference on Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change for Law, Policy and Development in Nairobi on 11th and 12th February 2015. It brought together international and national legal experts from Eastern Africa and was graced by inter alia, EACJ's Judge President Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, Hon. Martha Karua, Hon. Eddie Cross and a host of experts and scholars from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and South Africa. more…