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Kenya ICC witnesses 'disappear'

Kenya ICC witnesses 'disappear' | Human rights | Scoop.it
The BBC's Karen Allen reports from Kenya on claims that in the run up to elections and a key trial at The Hague potential witnesses have gone missing.
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Nashville shows how immigrants benefit all

Nashville shows how immigrants benefit all | Human rights | Scoop.it
In an exclusive op-ed for The Tennessean, President Barack Obama reflects upon his recent visit to Nashville and his desire to see Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform so that his executive orders will become unnecessary.
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Combating Corruption: Good Governance in Difficult Places

Combating Corruption: Good Governance in Difficult Places | Human rights | Scoop.it

According to the African Union, Africa loses more than $148 billion to corruption every year. These costs are not only measured in terms of squandered or stolen government resources, but in the lack of public funding for critical needs.

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Lawyers call for changes in Bill

Lawyers call for changes in Bill | Human rights | Scoop.it
Lawyers have called for the amendment of the security Bill, saying it infringes on rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
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“Some of the grossly affected rights relate to access to justice, freedom of association and information, freedom of association and assembly and the right to privacy,” said Mr Mboya.


Assault on gains made on the civil and political front is not a good balance between security and human rights. It tears down the constitution with deep effect on devolution aspirations.

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ISS Africa | Africa must shape international peacebuilding

ISS Africa | Africa must shape international peacebuilding | Human rights | Scoop.it
Active participation is needed if Africa is to claim its rightful role in the UN's peacebuilding architecture review in 2015.
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Blog | The Web Index

Blog | The Web Index | Human rights | Scoop.it

Last week, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and founder of the Web Foundation,called for the ‪#‎Internet‬ to be recognised as a basic ‪#‎humanright‬.

 

At the release of the 2014 Web Index, Sir Tim noted that in our increasingly unequal world, the Web has the potential to be a great equalizer, but only "if we hardwire the rights to privacy, freedom of expression, affordable access and net neutrality into the rules of the game."

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International Debt Statistics 2015 now available | Data

International Debt Statistics 2015 now available | Data | Human rights | Scoop.it
The 2015 edition of International Debt Statistics (IDS) has just been released. IDS 2015 draws from comprehensive databases of debt statistics collected from 124 low- and middle-income countries, as well as quarterly external and public sector debt from high-income countries.
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Kenya: Security Bill Tramples Basic Rights | Human Rights Watch

Kenya: Security Bill Tramples Basic Rights | Human Rights Watch | Human rights | Scoop.it
(Nairobi) – Kenyan lawmakers should reject far-reaching new security amendments that would add new criminal offenses with harsh penalties, limit the rights of arrested and accused people, and restrict freedoms of expression and assembly, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.
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Restrictions on Assembly and Association


The security bill would limit basic rights to freedom of assembly and association with vague provisions subject to abuse, the groups said. The proposals create even greater concern considering the current hostility toward nongovernmental organizations working on governance and human rights in Kenya.

Article 4 would authorize the cabinet secretary for interior, a presidential appointee, to decide when and where public meetings can be held. Kenya has a history of retaining executive control over public gatherings that was used to restrict freedom of peaceful assembly during the Moi government.

The bill in article 107 would amend the Public Benefits Organizations (PBOs) Act, 2013, giving full discretion to the authority responsible for registration of organizations to classify organizations and, in consultation with the cabinet secretary, to review the classification.

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German Leader Denounces Anti-Immigrant Surge

German Leader Denounces Anti-Immigrant Surge | Human rights | Scoop.it
Chancellor Angela Merkel has denounced the demonstrations in Dresden, drawing 10,000 people last week, and said there was no place for xenophobia.
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Universal Health Coverage: A Smart Investment

Universal Health Coverage: A Smart Investment | Human rights | Scoop.it
We now must shift our focus from reaction and responding to planning and preparing. Only then will our health investments lead to real gains in the health of all people regardless of their income or nationality....
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State-NGOs rivalry plays out at New York ICC meeting

State-NGOs rivalry plays out at New York ICC meeting | Human rights | Scoop.it
In response, Kenya is waging an all-out diplomatic offensive on NGOs.
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White House issues guidelines to ban racial and religious profiling - PBS NewsHour

White House issues guidelines to ban racial and religious profiling - PBS NewsHour | Human rights | Scoop.it
The policy, which expands decade-old guidelines established under the Bush administration, also will require new training and data collection. Continue reading →
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Judges rule that UK spying doesn't violate human rights

Judges rule that UK spying doesn't violate human rights | Human rights | Scoop.it
British spies may be peeking into webcams and modifying internet traffic, but all that is above board -- if you ask the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribuna
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Kenya, the next surveillance state?

Kenya, the next surveillance state? | Human rights | Scoop.it

The 90-page Security Bill would amend a number of Kenyan laws. One of the most noteworthy provisions is Article 66 on Covert Operations, which would permit extrajudicial surveillance.


If enacted, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Service could order a “covert operation,” without court approval or review to enter any place, or to search or seize any record or communication. In fact, the bill would grant broad authority to “do anything considered necessary to preserve national security.”

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Envoys back bid to amend laws on terror

Envoys back bid to amend laws on terror | Human rights | Scoop.it
Diplomats from the US, Canada, Australia and the European Union on Wednesday supported the amendments to the security laws proposed by the government to deal with terrorism.
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RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS


At the same time, they said it was critical that the laws respect human rights and international obligations.

 

“Protecting Kenya’s Constitution and upholding civil liberties and democracy are among the most effective ways to bolster security,” read the statement.

 

They urged Kenya to continue implementing broader reforms to strengthen its security services.

 

The statement was signed by ambassadors Robert F. Godec (US), Joost Reintjes (Netherlands), Geert Andersen (Denmark), Rémi Maréchaux (France) and Johan Borgstam (Sweden).

The others are high commissioners Christian Turner (UK), Geoff Tooth (Australia) and David Angell (Canada).

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The countries with the most and least Internet freedom

The countries with the most and least Internet freedom | Human rights | Scoop.it
A new report shows that Internet freedom around the world has declined for the fourth year in a row. Iceland offers the most freedom; Iran, the least.
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Pioneering course helps refugees integrate - SWI swissinfo.ch

Pioneering course helps refugees integrate - SWI swissinfo.ch | Human rights | Scoop.it
In canton Lucerne a pilot project is building new opportunities for refugees who have been granted asylum in Switzerland. (SRG Schweiz Aktuell,  ...
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UN Secretary General new report endorses freedom of expression for post-2015 development | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UN Secretary General new report endorses freedom of expression for post-2015 development | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Human rights | Scoop.it
UN Secretary General new report endorses freedom of expression for post-2015 development:

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Kenyan oligarchs edge foreign rivals out of big power contracts

Kenyan oligarchs edge foreign rivals out of big power contracts | Human rights | Scoop.it
Kenyan billionaires are increasingly winning big-ticket energy and mining contracts to mine coal and develop new power sources.
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Over 70 percent of Kenya's population is not connected to the grid and relies mainly on biomass, kerosene and disposable batteries for light. So you can see why the deal is sweetened by the fact that IPPs are provided with a 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA) from Kenya Power. Colonial leases! But wait... 

 

The Impact though of better connectivity... 

The UN Millennium Project (Report 2007) estimates the benefit of providing electricity to a rural household a $81 to $150 per month due to “improved returns on education and wage income”. Providing Energy like wind energy to people living off-grid and with no electricity significantly increases their quality of life.

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ISS Africa | THINK AGAIN: Ruto and Sang, the forgotten defendants

ISS Africa | THINK AGAIN: Ruto and Sang, the forgotten defendants | Human rights | Scoop.it
Despite the collapse of Kenyatta's case, the ICC remains the best hope for justice, even if it's only for some of the victims.
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The Long Walk Home

The Long Walk Home | Human rights | Scoop.it
Nearly a year after they fled, three women and their extended family dare to return to their village. But the road ahead is filled with risks.
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Kip Hale | ICC on Trial | Foreign Affairs

Kip Hale | ICC on Trial | Foreign Affairs | Human rights | Scoop.it
In 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) came into being. At the time, observers were hopeful that rule of law could help constrain humanity’s worst impulses, a sentiment that, today, may seem foolhardy. Yet, where else would victims turn?
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To keep their impunity, political figures had to get more sophisticated. With the help of London-based public relations firms, Kenya’s government crafted, as David Bosco, an assistant professor at American University, called it, “the how-to manual for frustrating” ICC cases. The new impunity playbook is as straightforward as it is nefarious. First, win public sympathy by distorting facts to make the judicial process look unfair and biased. At the same time, feign cooperation with the court to provide cover for step two, which is to quietly yet thoroughly undermine the criminal case through witness intimidation and evidence tampering. This second step is possible because the ICC (like all other international tribunals) relies on the states in which the crimes occurred to guarantee access and on other states to use political and diplomatic pressure to get the country in question to cooperate with the ICC.
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No way home: Illegal immigrants probably unable to travel under Obama’s plan

No way home: Illegal immigrants probably unable to travel under Obama’s plan | Human rights | Scoop.it
One of the most compelling arguments for broad immigration reform was family reunification.
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This clause on US law on family reunion *only citizens who have reached the age of 21 may sponsor siblings and parents." Creates a challenge for the most compelling arguments for broad immigration reform; family reunification. .


There are some 3.1 million United-States-citizen children with at least one illegal immigrant parent as of 2005. We cant ignore that many.


At least 13,000 American children had one or both parents deported in the years 2005-2007, Not factoring those leaving voluntary.
However, leaving the United States triggers a ban on entering the U.S. If the parent was present in the U.S. for only between 180–364 days, the parent will receive a three-year ban.
However, as is more common if the parent was present for 365 days or more, the parent will receive a ten-year ban on entering the United States.
Willing to live out the ban outside the country, is not a good option for growing children who need support of their parents.

You get many messages but am pleading for families hurt by the separation, President Obama as a constitutional lawyer knows

Reconstruction Amendments(Amendment XIV) is a polarizing issue, but does it really capture right to travel, and re-entry bans etc.
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. Friedrich Nietzsche ‪#‎quotes‬
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Kenya police admit 'extrajudicial killings'

Kenya's police squads have admitted for the first time to carrying out extrajudicial killings. Speaking to Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit, the officers discussed their involvement in the...
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NGOs protest at lack of basic housing, healthcare and education rights

NGOs protest at lack of basic housing, healthcare and education rights | Human rights | Scoop.it
Amnesty International calls for basic rights to be enshrined in the Constitution
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