Tag: kenya

ICC drops Darfur case, seeks surrender of Simone Gbago

ICC drops Darfur case, seeks surrender of Simone Gbago

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)–The list of war crimes being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) is growing smaller. Earlier this month, the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya was dismissed after witnesses became unavailable to testify and the government rejected the court’s jurisdiction over the charges. This week, Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court prosecutor, suspended investigations […]

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Court drops case against Kenyan prez linked to post-election killing spree

Court drops case against Kenyan prez linked to post-election killing spree

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)—As activists in the U.S. demand justice for murders for which no one has been punished, Kenyans are reeling from a similar judgment that finds no one accountable for a few months of post-election violence starting in 2007 that left over a thousand dead. Charges were finally dropped last week by the International Criminal Court […]

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Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–Women around the world are taking part in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1991. Participants chose the dates, Nov. 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and […]

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Kenyan Catholics clerics attack UNICEF’s tetanus shot program

Kenyan Catholics clerics attack UNICEF’s tetanus shot program

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)—Leaders of Kenya’s Catholic Church are attempting to derail a vaccination campaign that would protect 2.5 million women from a life-threatening nerve disease. Calling it a stealth birth control campaign, clerics have been telling parishioners to refuse the shot that would immunize women against tetanus—popularly known as lockjaw. It would also reduce the number of […]

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Oil barons jump on new finds in Africa, ignoring climate justice calls

Oil barons jump on new finds in Africa, ignoring climate justice calls

| October 3, 2014

(GIN)–U.S. and UK oil explorers are making their moves on the Western Sahara, between Mauritania and Morocco, despite calls by thousands of climate justice activists worldwide to “keep the soil in the oil.” Kosmos Energy, a US oil and gas exploration firm, along with Cairn Energy of the UK, plan to use rights obtained in […]

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Rights group demands ends to U.S. support for Kenyan anti-terror group

Rights group demands ends to U.S. support for Kenyan anti-terror group

| August 20, 2014

(GIN)–A U.S. and U.K.-funded anti-terrorism unit has carried out a series of killings and “enforced disappearances” during its fight against militant Islamists in Kenya, says the NY-based Human Rights Watch. HRW said it also found evidence of arbitrary arrests and mistreatment of terrorism suspects in detention. “Kenyan counterterrorism forces appear to be killing and disappearing people […]

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U.S. proposed wind farm riles ownwers of ‘ancsestral lands’

U.S. proposed wind farm riles ownwers of ‘ancsestral lands’

| August 10, 2014

(GIN)–A proposed U.S. wind farm in Kenya must first overcome objections by farmer David Kinyanjui who says the farm would desecrate ancestral land where his father and mother are both buried. Kinyanjui has joined other farmers in Kenya’s Rift Valley who intend to fight the Kinangop wind farm–part of President Obama’s signature “Power Africa” plan […]

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White American fights to save ‘African Heritage’ house from demolition

White American fights to save ‘African Heritage’ house from demolition

| August 9, 2014

(GIN)–A petition drive, organized by a white American settler in Kenya, is underway to preserve a grand multi-leveled red mud building of mixed African influences overlooking Nairobi National Park. The “African Heritage House,” home to Colorado-native Alan Donovan, lies in the path of a future railway. Donovan, who lives in and runs a bed and […]

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Acclaimed young Kenyan writer takes top literary prize

Acclaimed young Kenyan writer takes top literary prize

| July 25, 2014

(GIN)—Nairobi-based author Okwiri Oduor was the highly-acclaimed winner of this year’s prestigious Caine Prize for African writing. The much-awaited selection was announced last week in Oxford, England. The award carries a prize of 10,000 British pounds (about $17,000) for the 25-year-old Kenyan who was among the top five writers shortlisted for the prize. Oduor’s story—“My […]

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Kenyan round-up of refugees nets 300 children

Kenyan round-up of refugees nets 300 children

| June 27, 2014

(GIN)–As part of a controversial anti-terrorism operation, Kenya is rounding up and detaining Somali refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers, separating parents from young children. Some of the children are said to be confined to a Nairobi stadium without a parent or guardian. Emanuel Nyabera, spokesman for the U.N. Refugee Agency, expressed concern for some 300 children […]

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