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Why Mr. President?

We all know that the government failed to protect its citizens from mass atrocities during the 2007/2008 post-election violence. The government, we have heard, compensated and/or rebuilt the houses of many who were displaced.  This is as it should be; the government should act publicly and appropriately to provide redress for survivors of human rights violations.

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Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Foreign Secretary of Britain, William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, co-hosted the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 10-13, 2014 in London. This was the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground. The summit is a follow-up to the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict launched in 2013 to end impunity, increase accountability, and provide justice and safety for victims of sexual violence. One of the outcomes of the summit is to be the first international protocol on how to document and investigate sexual violence in conflicts, which will set international standards and give guidance to countries on effective laws and prosecutions. Angelina Jolie, commented, “The use of rape as a weapon is one of the greatest injustices of our time.”  It destroys women, families, communities and cultures. The rape of civilians during times of war is nothing new. However, in recent decades the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war has come to the attention of the international community.

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Six years and Counting

by Dr. Joan Nyanyuki

Six years on from being gang raped and beaten in front of her husband and four-year-old child during Kenya’s post-election violence, Nancy is still awaiting justice. If it were left to Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko, she would never see it. Last month Mr Tobiko announced that his office could bring no cases related to the 2007-8 atrocities before a new “International Crimes Division” within Kenya’s High Court. Nancy is not taking no for an answer. Today (March 25) she and other survivors of sexual and gender-based violence are in a Nairobi courtroom, suing Mr Tobiko and other senior government officials for numerous failings, including the failure to investigate and prosecute their cases and thousands of others.

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