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Strong Action Needed to Back-Up Court Ruling

(Brussels) – International Criminal Court (ICC) member countries should address the court’s finding of obstruction by Kenya in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Human Rights Watch said today. An ICC trial chamber on September 19, 2016 referred a…
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Witness Interference Undermined Trial

(Brussels) – Efforts by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring to justice those responsible for Kenya’s deadly 2007-2008 election violence have been marred by what the court previously suggested was systematic interference with witnesses, Human…
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Prosecution Withdraws Kenyatta Charges

(Brussels) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) action to drop charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya sets back efforts to end the country’s entrenched culture of impunity, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 3, 2014, the ICC’s…
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Ensure Tolerance for Free Speech, Activism

(Nairobi) – Attacks and threats against human rights defenders are on the rise in Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today. Harassment of people perceived to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy…
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Court to Address Deadly 2007-2008 Election Violence

(The Hague) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Kenya’s deputy president is an important stage in determining responsibility for post-election atrocities that brought the country to the brink of civil war, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Protect Free Speech, Carry Out Reforms

(Nairobi) – Kenya’s new administration should take urgent steps in four key areas to address longstanding human rights challenges, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The administration should ensure that abusive security forces are held…
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Cooperate With ICC, Protect Bill of Rights

(Nairobi) – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, who are being sworn in April 9, 2013, should ensure full cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today. Their new government should also…
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Reaffirm Support for Hague Trials While Pursuing Justice at Home

(Nairobi) – The Kenyan government should reaffirm its commitment to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in cases stemming from the 2007-2008 post-election violence, while establishing a local judicial mechanism to investigate and…
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National Authorities Should Investigate Threats, Bring Others to Justice

(Brussels) – The decision on January 23, 2012 of an International Criminal Court (ICC) pre-trial chamber to send cases to trial against four Kenyans opens the door to justice for victims of Kenya’s 2007-2008 election violence, Human Rights Watch said…
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Senior Officials Told to Report on April 7

(Brussels) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) moved the Kenya case forward on March 8, 2011, by issuing summonses for six individuals accused of crimes against humanity during Kenya's post-election violence in 2007-2008, Human Rights Watch said…
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Civil Society Groups Protest Attempts to Derail Justice for Victims of Post-Election Violence

(Johannesburg) - The Kenyan government should reaffirm its commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC), African civil society organizations and international organizations with a presence in Africa said in a statement today. African countries…
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Civil Society Groups Across Africa Concerned by Possible Return Visit

(New York) - The Kenyan government should make clear that the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, will be arrested if he returns to Kenya, African civil society organizations, and international organizations with a presence in Africa said in a letter to…
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ICC Member States Obliged to Arrest Fugitives on Their Territories

(New York) - Kenya should bar Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from entering Kenya or arrest him for trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) if he enters Kenyan territory, Human Rights Watch said today. The Sudanese state news agency has…
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Witness Protection Key Challenge in Investigation

(The Hague) - A majority of a pre-trial chamber of International Criminal Court (ICC) judges today approved the ICC prosecutor's request to open an investigation into Kenya's 2007 post-election violence, Human Rights Watch said. The Kenyan inquiry is the…
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Kenyan Authorities Should Cooperate Fully and Hold Credible National Trials

(The Hague) - The request today by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to the court's judges to open a Kenya investigation is a decisive step toward justice for the country's 2007 post-election violence, Human Rights Watch said. The move…
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Stand up for Persecuted Human Rights Activists; Shut Guantanamo

(New York) - The award of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama should encourage him to apply his stated principles to both foreign and domestic human rights policy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Nobel committee awarded the prize…
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Coalition Government Should Keep Its Promises and Urgently Establish Independent Tribunal

(New York) - The Kenyan government has reneged on commitments to deliver justice for the victims of post-election violence, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 30, 2009, the cabinet announced that, contrary to previous agreements, it would not…
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International Criminal Court Should Be a Last Resort for Justice

(Nairobi) - The Kenyan government should urgently renew efforts to revise and enact bills to create a special tribunal to try those responsible for last year's election violence, Human Rights Watch said today. The organization also issued a memo…
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Government, Donors Should Support Commission’s Findings on Election Violence

  (New York, October 15, 2008) - The Kenyan government and international partners should strongly support the call by the Waki commission investigating post-election violence to create a special tribunal to end Kenya's cycle of impunity, Human Rights…
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Secret Detainees Interrogated by US Officials Are Still in Custody

Two days after this report was issued, eight of the ten rendition victims known to be in Ethiopian jails were released to Kenya. The whereabouts of 22 others remains unknown. (Washington, DC) - At least 10 victims of the 2007 Horn of Africa rendition…