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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 […]

Kenya: Terrorist Suspect Acquitted

(Sept. 30, 2008) On September 16, 2008, the High Court of Kenya acquitted Omar Said Omar in connection with the 2002 bombing of the Israel-owned Kikambala Paradise Hotel in which 15 people were killed. Justice Jackton Ojwang set aside Omar's conviction and quashed his sentence. The Justice stated that the appellant's constitutional rights had been […]

Kenya: Constitutional Reform Bills

(Sept. 8, 2008) Kenyan Constitutional Affairs Minister Martha Karua presented two bills on constitutional reform to the Kenyan Parliament on August 20, 2008. The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill and the Constitution of Kenya Review Bill implement the process brokered in the National Accord and Reconciliation Act of February 28, 2008. That Act helped end […]

Kenya: Proposed Bills to Stop Interference in Constitutional Review Process

(July 2, 2008) Two new bills, the Constitution of Kenya Review bill 2008 and the Constitution of Kenya amendment bill 2008, seeking to deter the government, parliament, former commissioners of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, and civil servants from interfering in the constitutional review process, were recently proposed in Kenya's Parliament. The bills mandate […]

Kenya: Lawyers to Help Draft New Laws

(June 2, 2008) Members of the Kenyan Parliament and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) have agreed to jointly take part in drafting legislation under a “structured engagement” between the two groups. In her May 8, 2008, letter to members, LSK secretary and chief executive officer Betty Nyabuto urged the lawyers to volunteer and be […]

Kenya: Lawmakers Amend the Constitution

(Apr. 2, 2008) The Kenyan President recently signed the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill and the National Accord and Reconciliation Bill into law. Before reaching the President's desk, the bills had been unanimously approved by the Kenyan Parliament. The constitutional amendment will make a power-sharing deal reached between President Mwai Kibaki's ruling party and Raila […]

Kenya: Constitutional Amendment Under Consideration

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Kenyan government and the opposition party may amend the Kenyan Constitution as part of a power-sharing deal that is expected to end the ethnic and political clashes that have claimed the lives of at least 1,000 people. Although the constitutional change is going to be only one part of a complicated […]

International Criminal Court; Kenya: Opposition Files Case Against Government

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the Kenyan opposition party, filed a case against the Kenyan government before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, over the government's "mishandling of the protests" following the December 2007 election results. The ODM accuses the Kenyan police of adopting a "shoot to kill policy" […]

Kenya: Raising of the Bar

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 16, 2008, the Nairobi newspaper BUSINESS DAILY reported that Kenya's High Court had issued a judgment refusing 15 law students with degrees from foreign universities the opportunity to retake exams at the Kenya School of Law – the only recognized Kenyan institution to offer the final exams that must be […]

Kenya: State Funding for Political Parties

(Nov. 2, 2007) The Kenyan Parliament recently adopted a bill on political parties, under which, for the first time, the state will provide state funding to political parties. The bill prescribes that a new Office of the Register of Political Parties will be responsible not only for registering and funding, but also for regulating the […]