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Why UN peacekeepers have failed to protect the people of Darfur

Sudanese soldiers allegedly raped 221 women and girls in a retaliatory attack in Darfur last fall, one of the worst atrocities to occur in the troubled region in recent years, according to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.

The report says that beginning on Oct. 30, hundreds of soldiers looted homes and beat and raped civilians in Tabit, a town of 7,000 people, in an attack that lasted 36 hours. HRW says the soldiers’ actions were tantamount to war crimes.

The report, which catalogs the attack and the Sudanese Amy’s attempt at a cover-up, indicates escalating violence and highlights the failure of United Nations peacekeepers to protect civilians in war-ravaged Darfur.  Read more…

Kenya’s President Kenyatta is summoned to world criminal court: Will he go?

Photo: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York September 24, 2014. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

A summons by the International Criminal Court to Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta is forcing a standoff between the symbol of international justice – and the prerogatives of a sitting president whose decision on compliance could damage his country’s foreign relations. Read more…

Nairobi ‘Saba Saba’ rally reveals sharp ethnic, political divides

Supporters of the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy or Cord attend a rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi Monday July 7, 2014. Sayyid Azim/AP

A highly emotive rally of more than 10,000 people in Nairobi today capped a month of antigovernment protests led by longtime opposition figure Raila Odinga, who is calling for a “national dialogue” with President Uhuru Kenyatta as ethnic tensions reach a fever pitch.

The two political leaders were also on different sides in post-election violence in 2007 that led to a charge of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court at The Hague. That violence killed more than 1,000 people.

Kenya’s opposition today said it would pursue a national referendum to deal with deepening insecurity and economic woes that the Kenyatta government has struggled to solve.  Read more…

Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenyan election by a narrow margin

Kenyatta supporters celebrate his victory in Nairobi earlier today. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP
Kenyatta supporters celebrate his victory in Nairobi earlier today. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP

International criminal court indictee Uhuru Kenyatta was officially declared the winner of Kenya‘s presidential election afternoon, although his rival, Raila Odinga, will not concede defeat and a legal challenge, alleging widespread fraud, is certain.  Read more…

Kenya’s elections, at home and abroad

Kenyans queue up to vote.Kenyans queue up to vote in political party primary nominations on January 17, 2013. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images
Kenyans queue up to vote.
Kenyans queue up to vote in political party primary nominations on January 17, 2013. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

NAIROBI — U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson warned Kenyans Thursday that their “choices have consequences” in upcoming presidential elections.

Carson did not explicitly mention the International Criminal Court (ICC) case against presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta, but the diplomat’s statements are the strongest yet by a U.S. official on possible repercussions for Kenya dependent on the outcome of March 4 elections. Kenyatta and his running mate are under indictment for allegedly planning some of the violence that killed over 1000 people in Kenya’s disputed 2007 elections — and outside observers have said that a Kenyatta presidency means diplomatic isolation for Kenya.  Read more…