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Category: Publications

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Ethnicity, Human Rights and Constitutionalism in Kenya

The theme chosen for this publication is of crucial importance in light of recent conflicts as well as for the future of the continent because given the number and variety of ethnic conflict, development strategies cannot afford to ignore the effects of ethnicity. The prospects of peace and war, the maintenance of national unity, and the enjoyment of fundamental human rights in many parts of the world depend on the adequate solution to ethnic tensions. To ignore the problem is to therefore neglect an important aspect of the contemporary reality.

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Strengthening Judicial Reforms in Kenya - Volume IX

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Strengthening Judicial Reforms in Kenya - Volume X

This is the 10th Report in "Strengthening Judicial Reforms" Series of publications and it addresses administrative reforms in the Judiciary. The report focuses on the offices of the Chief Justice and the Registrar as well as judicial policies which form the larger part of Judiciary's internal environment that govern the day-to-day functions and operations of the Judiciary.


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The Paralegal's Handbook

This handbook has been developed by the Paralegal Support Network (PASUNE). The curriculum has been very useful in ensuring that all organizations involved in paralegal training cover an agreed set of issues in the process of training and that the eventual trainees are of a certain quality.

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ICJ Kenya CAT 50: State of torture and related human rights violation in Kenya

State of Torture and Related Human Rights Violation in Kenya.

Alternative report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) in Geneva, Switzerland  to advise on the efforts towards implementation of the provisions in the Convention Against Torture

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Devolution Handbook

The promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in August 2010 set the stage for major institutional reforms.

Devolution provides opportunities for public participation in the affairs of the government. The objective of devolution include to “give powers of self governance to the people and enhance participation of the people in the exercise of the powers of the State and in making decisions affecting them” Article 174(c).

Other objectives are stated as “to recognise the right of communities to manage their own affairs and to further their development,” Article 174 (d) and “to promote social and economic development and the provision of proximate, easily accessible services throughout Kenya,” and “to facilitate the decentralisation of the State organs, their functions and services from the capital of Kenya.” Article 174 (h).

The purpose of this publication is to satisfy the demand for knowledge on devolution with the expected result that it shall contribute towards a more vibrant, informed and knowledgeable public, participating in governance at the local level.

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Transitional Justice Approaches In the Context of the Implementation of Agenda Item Number 4

A Policy Brief on Transitional Justice Approaches in the Context of the Implementation of Agenda Item Number 4.”

It focuses on transitional justice approaches in the context of the implementation of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Agreement. In particular, the Brief distils and analyses the main issues that emerged from the workshop.

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Strengthening Judicial Reforms Series XIV - Justice at City Hall

This report summarises findings of the monitoring and observation of the administration of justice system. It focuses on the city and municipal courts  in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret. The report analyses the impact of the on-going judicial reforms. It looks at the effects that the international best practices have on the standards of these courts.

The report is informed by detailed research and observation. Its authors applied; observation of court operations and face-to-face interviews with court users. They also administered questionnaires completed by both advocates and court users.

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Reflections on African Union ICC Relationship

The Kenya Section of International Jurists a member of the African Network on International Criminal Justice (ANICJ) released, “Reflections on African Union ICC Relationship” publication during the 22nd Ordinary African Union Summit in 2014.

The publication provides 5 short pieces by African activists across the continent on the summit and the need for African leaders to give more support to the ICC as a crucial court of last resort for African victims. Some of the most important comments by the authors are below.

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Petty Offences Pamphlet: Support Steps to Decriminalise and Declassify Laws that Marginalise the Poor

Petty offences are used on a daily basis throughout Africa to arrest and abuse vulnerable populations, often under the guise of urban transformation, crime prevention, privatisation, beautification and redevelopment. Petty offences are frequently used to arrest and detain marginalised population groups:

  • Begging and vagrancy offences are often used as a basis to arrest and detain street children, in violation of international law and recognition of them as children in need of care and protection.
  • By-laws are often used against street vendors, who end up being targets for bribery and abuse by police officers.
  • Sex workers are frequently targeted for bribery and abuse by police even though there is no proof of them having committed any offence and despite the fact that the act of selling sex for reward is not a criminal offence in most countries in Africa.
  • Offences relating to vagrancy are also routinely used to detain persons with psycho-social and intellectual disabilities.

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