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Blow to Fatou Bensouda as another ICC prosecution witness withdraws

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A man claiming to be a witness against deputy president William Ruto at the ICC has withdrawn from the case. The man, who says he was witness 323, claims he was among the three lined up to testify next week. He told journalists in Nakuru that he had been coached into testifying by usaid officials and ICC personnel.

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ICC talk: Jeff Koinange live with David Matsanga and Ken Wafula (The Hague Trial)

Posted by African Press International on February 10, 2014

Blow to Fatou Bensouda as another ICC prosecution witness withdraws

A man claiming to be a witness against deputy president William Ruto at the ICC has withdrawn from the case. The man, who says he was witness 323, claims he was among the three lined up to testify next week. He told journalists in Nakuru that he had been coached into testifying by usaid officials and ICC personnel.

Luis Moreno Ocampo opens up!

Luis Moreno Ocampo gave The Hague Trials Kenya his first media interview on the Kenyan trials since leaving office at the International Criminal Court, where he held the position of chief prosecutor from 2003 to 2012. Questions were crowd-sourced from followers of THTK’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheHagueTria…) and the interview was produced by RNW. The interview took place on 22 January 2014 at a hotel in Amsterdam.
THTK offers Kenyans and other interested audiences an independent online forum to share their experiences, thoughts and questions about the three cases before the ICC relating to Kenya’s post-election violence of 2007-2008. THTK is a project of RNW (www.rnw.org) in partnership with This is Africa (http://www.thisisafrica.me).

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Deputy President William Ruto’s lead counsel Karim Khan has hinted at the possibility of asking the International Criminal Court to invite former prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to testify on why foreign envoys in Kenya wanted President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto barred from seeking the country’s leadership prior to the March 4th 2013 election. In an interview with K24’s Apollo Kamau, Khan says Ocampo’s confessions now confirm a case gone wrong from the outset adding that an inquiry into the case involving assembly of state parties should begin.–here now are excerpts from that interview.

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Swiss to stop immigration from Europe

Posted by African Press International on February 10, 2014

The Swiss have agreed in a referendum to restrictions on immigration from the neighbouring countries. “This will create problems for the Swiss business sector and the economy, which have benefited greatly from labour immigration from the EEA, as has Norway. It will be interesting to see what consequences this has for Switzerland’s relations with the EU,” said Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister.

In a referendum held on Sunday 9 February, 50.3 % agreed to the introduction of immigration quotas, including for EU/EEA citizens. The free movement of persons is enshrined in the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU, and is regulated through the EFTA Convention.

“The Swiss people have expressed their disagreement with their Government on an important aspect of Switzerland’s relations with other countries. Norway would like to emphasise the importance of free movement of persons for growth and prosperity in an open economy,” said Mr Helgesen.

The popular initiative “Stop mass immigration” was put forward by the country’s largest party, the Swiss People’s Party. They consider the proportion of immigrants in the country – 23 % – to be too high, and that immigration should be restricted through the introduction of quotas. Those opposed to the initiative, which include the Government, much of the business sector, the tourist industry and the health sector, point out that foreign labour is an important factor in the strong Swiss economy. The EU is Switzerland’s most important trade partner, and the Government has underlined the importance of maintaining good relations with the EU.

“The Swiss Government would like to cooperate more closely with the EU, and it is too early to say how the result of this referendum will affect relations between the EU and Switzerland. We will take up with the Swiss authorities the question of what effect the referendum could have for Norwegian nationals who want to live and work in Switzerland,” said Mr Helgesen.

 

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Médecins Sans Frontières Launches Campaign in Guinea to Vaccinate 400,000 Children Against Measles

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GENEVA, Switzerland, February 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/– The humanitarian medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Saturday launched a vaccination campaign against measles in an attempt to control the epidemic that was declared by the government of that country on January 14. 1105 suspected cases, with 68 confirmed, have already been recorded, causing the fear of a rapid explosion in the number of infections.

“Measles is one of the most highly contagious diseases and it can spread like wildfire. It affects primarily children, and can involve severe medical complications so it is critical that action be taken in order to avoid the catastrophe that occurred in 2009, when ten children lost their lives,” explained Corinne Benazech, MSF’s Head of Mission in Conakry.

Working in co-operation with the Ministry of Health, MSF has deployed 32 teams throughout the Matam, Matoto and Ratoma neighbourhoods of Conakry. Placed strategically close to the…

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Sudan: UN rights expert in official mission to Khartoum, Darfur and South Kordofan

Posted by African Press International on February 10, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/– The Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, will visit the Sudan from 11 to 20 February 2014 to follow-up on his previous recommendations*, and identify areas of technical assistance and capacity building which will help the country fulfil its human rights obligations.

“The Government of the Sudan has made some progress in developing policies as well as legislative and institutional mechanisms necessary for improving the human rights situation in the country,” Mr. Baderin said, announcing his fourth mission to the Country.

“Sudan now needs to concentrate on implementing these policies through the adoption of a results-oriented culture that promotes the tangible realization of the adopted human rights policies across the relevant institutions in the country,” he stressed.

During his nine-day mission, the human rights expert will travel to Khartoum, North, Central and East Darfur, as well as South Kordofan states, where he will meet with Government officials, civil society actors, humanitarian organisations and UN agencies.

At the conclusion of his visit on Wednesday 19 February, the Independent Expert will hold a press conference at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Khartoum at 1:30 pm

Mr. Baderin will present his findings and recommendations in a comprehensive report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2014.

(*) Check the latest reports by the Independent Expert:http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?m=95&m=172

 

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United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

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