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International Criminal Court; Kenya: Office to Open with Immunity for Staff, Property, and Witnesses

(Sept. 8, 2010) The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya (Lucas Barasa, Kenya Allows Hague Free Run in Poll […]

Kenya: High Court Orders Government to Compensate Torture Victims

(July 26, 2010) On July 21, 2010, Kenya’s High Court awarded 21 individuals KES40 million (about US$490,496), to be paid by the Kenyan government as compensation for torture they suffered at the hands of state security officers during the Daniel Arap Moi regime (1978-2002). (Kenya Torture Victims Hail Court Ruling, KENYA BROADCASTING CORPORATION (July 22, […]

Kenya: Parliament Passes Law Authorizing Government to Set Prices of Essential Goods

(June 30, 2010) On June 23, 2010, the Kenyan Parliament passed the Price Control (Essential Goods) Bill, 2009, which, if signed into law by the President, will authorize the Minister of Finance to set prices of essential goods and criminalize the buying or selling of goods for prices above those set by the Minister. (Kenya […]

Kenya: Parliament Approves New Constitution

(Apr. 8, 2010) On April 1, 2010, the Kenyan Parliament unanimously approved a new Constitution. (Daniel Makosky, Kenya Parliament Approves Constitution Draft, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST, Apr. 2, 2010, available at; Proposed Constitution of Kenya, Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review website, Feb. 23, 2010, available at [hereinafter Draft Constitution]). The draft document now […]

Kenya: New Anti-Money Laundering Law Enacted

(Jan. 8, 2010) On January 1, 2009, the DAILY NATION reported that Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki had signed into law The Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, which was passed by the country's parliament in December. (Peter Leftie, New Law Against Money Laundering Signed, DAILY NATION, Jan. 1, 2010, available at The law […]

Kenya: Kofi Annan Calls for Local Tribunal to Prosecute Suspects of 2007 Violence

(June 17, 2009) It was reported on June 12, 2009, that former United Nations Secretary General and Chief Mediator Kofi Annan warned Kenya that if it does not establish a local tribunal by the end of August of this year to prosecute suspects of the 2007 post-election violence that claimed around 1,500 lives, he will […]

Kenya: U.N. Special Rapporteur Finds Police Responsible for Gross Human Rights Violations

(Mar. 5, 2009) The United Nations special rapporteur on extra-judicial killings, Philip Alston, who has been investigating at the invitation of the Kenyan government allegations of unlawful killings by the Kenyan police, violence in the Mount Elgon (Mt. Elgon) district in the Western Province of Kenya, and murders in the post-election violence at the beginning […]

Kenya: Law on Use of Genetically Modified Crops

(Feb. 27, 2009) On February 13, 2009, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki signed into law the Biosafety Bill of 2008, making Kenya the fourth African nation, after Burkina Faso, Egypt, and South Africa, to allow the use of genetically modified crops for farming. The legislation establishes a National Biosafety Authority under the National Council for Science […]

Kenya: Eight Suspected Pirates Charged in Kenyan Court

(Nov. 26, 2008) On November 19, 2008, eight Somali citizens were brought before a court in Mombassa, Kenya, for allegedly committing the crime of piracy along Somalia's coast line. The suspects, who were apprehended by British Navy officers last week during a counter-piracy operation, remain in custody awaiting a court ruling on whether they will […]

Kenya: Proposed Law to Decriminalize Abortions

(Sept. 30, 2008) It was reported on September 16, 2008, that a new draft bill on women's reproductive health and rights, which seeks to decriminalize abortions, is ready to beintroduced in Kenya's Parliament. Impetus for the bill came from a campaign launched by civil society activists in May, sparking nation-wide debate on the issue, to […]