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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…

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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…

Legacy of violence looms as Kenyans gear up for vote

In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga speaks to the crowd at an election rally in Iten, Kenya. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin, File)
In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga speaks to the crowd at an election rally in Iten, Kenya. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin, File)

It’s voting time in Kenya, and campaigns are in full swing in preparation for general elections on Monday. The eight presidential candidates are helicoptering from rally to rally in search of their share of the 14.3 million registered voters, while caravans of music-blasting campaign buses block up city traffic as they energize their bases. Campaign posters dripping with glue blanket any available surface from tree trunks to highway overpasses, and party flags flap from the external mirrors of public buses and motorcycle taxis. Parades of red or orange, depending on the preferred major party, bounce their way through city streets and slum alleys, blowing whistles and shouting slogans.

But uncertainty lurks beneath the zeal.  Read more…