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Ruto and Sang case – “In the Courtroom” programme (television and radio): Witness P-0442, 4-11 March 2014

Posted by African Press International on March 17, 2014

Situation: The Republic of Kenya
Case: The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang

Ruto and Sang case — “In the Courtroom” programme (television and radio): Witness P-0442, 4-11 March 2014

This issue of the “In the Courtroom” programme contains a summary of the testimony of the 13th Prosecution witness, who testified under the pseudonym ‘P-0442’, in the trial of William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang. The witness testified under the protective measures of facial pixilation and voice distortion. Parts of the testimony were given in private sessions, closed to the public, in order to preserve the confidentiality of the identity of witness. The “Trial in Context” segment features guest speaker Maria Kamara, Field Outreach Coordinator (Kenya), speaking about the ICC proceedings.

“In the Courtroom”, a television and radio programme produced by PIDS/Outreach, contains summaries of the proceedings. Each episode also includes a segment called “The Trial in Context”, which explains one aspect of the proceedings. The purpose of this programme is to provide information and ensure the publicity of the proceedings in Kenya and elsewhere, but also to educate viewers on matters related to the proceedings. Each programme lasts about 10 minutes.

The programmes are produced at the end of each witness’s testimony and complement the daily uploads of the entire public proceedings in this case.

Background of the case: The trial of William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang opened on 10 September 2013. Mr Ruto and Mr Sang are accused of crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution) allegedly committed in Kenya in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence. The trial is being heard by Trial Chamber V(A), which is composed of Judges Chile Eboe-Osuji (presiding), Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Robert Fremr.

 

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UN human rights chief to visit CAR, 18-20 March 2014

Posted by African Press International on March 17, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will visit the war-torn Central African Republic from 18 to 20 March 2014, to discuss the dire human rights situation there with the interim Government and key international institutions and peace-keeping forces.

During her visit, Pillay plans to meet the Head of State of the Transition, Catherine Samba-Panza, the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Justice and Reconciliation and Communication. She will also meet representatives of the African Union, Economic Community of Central African States and European Union, as well as the Ambassador of France.

In addition, the High Commissioner will hold discussions with the Representative of the President of the Commission of the African Union and Head of the African Union peace-keeping force MISCA, as well as with the Force Commanders of both MISCA and the French military force, known as Sangaris.

While in Bangui, the High Commissioner will also meet UN agencies working on the ground, visit sites of destruction and displacement, and meet some of the approximately 650,000 internally displaced people in CAR.

The High Commissioner will hold a press conference from 12:15-12:45 on Thursday 20 March in the conference room in the BINUCA premises in Bangui.

 

SOURCE

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

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Joint Monitoring Committee of the TICAD Process

Posted by African Press International on March 17, 2014

TOKYO, Japan, March 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – 1. The Joint Monitoring Committee of the TICAD Process was held on March 14 (Fri.) at JICA Research Institute. The Committee was chaired by Mr. Yoshifumi Okamura, Director-General for African Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was attended by representatives of the ministries concerned, government agencies, TICAD co-organizers (the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank ), the Permanent Representatives Committee of the African Union (PRC), the African Diplomatic Corps, New Partnership for Africa’s Development(NEPAD) , international organizations and NGOs.

2. At this Committee, MOFA Japan and TICAD co-organizers briefed on the preparation for the first TICADV Ministerial Meeting which is scheduled in May 4th and 5th in Cameroon, and outcome documents and the participants exchanged views. Through the Committee, it was agreed that all participants will work together for the success of this upcoming Meeting.

References TICAD Follow-up Mechanism

1. Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017 sets forth the Three-Tier structure of the Follow-up Mechanism established as follows:

(1) Joint Secretariat: MOFA Japan, African Union Commission, UNOSAA, UNDP and World Bank;

(2) Joint Monitoring Committee composed of Japanese Government and related governmental Organizations, TICAD Co-organizers, Permanent Representatives Committee of the African Union (PRC), African Diplomatic Corps in Tokyo (ADC) and NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, International Organizations and donor countries

(3) Follow-up Meetings

・Annual Senior Officials Meeting

・Annual Ministerial Meeting

・Summit (Every five years)

2. Dialogues between MOFA Japan and the African Diplomatic Corps in Tokyo (ADC) on the TICAD are held regularly.

 

SOURCE

Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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IOM Organizes Evacuation Flights for Mauritanians Fleeing CAR Violence

Posted by African Press International on March 17, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ IOM organized an evacuation flight on Wednesday morning for 106 Mauritanians fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). Over half of the evacuees were children. A second flight for another 101 Mauritanians is scheduled for this morning (14/3).

The flights, which are sponsored by the Government of Mauritania, rely on IOM to provide registration, fit for travel health screening, ground transportation, boarding assistance, coordination with airport authorities and civil-military coordination.

When the first flight arrived in Nouakchott, Mauritania on Wednesday, the returnees were received by IOM Mauritania staff, government representatives and family and friends.

Mauritania has also agreed to bring out Malian nationals and this morning’s flight will stop in Bamako, Mali to drop off 27 Malians before continuing on to Mauritania.

On Wednesday IOM four buses escorted by Sangaris French Military Forces moved the evacuees from the Mauritanian Consulate to M’Poko Airport in Bangui. People along the street jeered at the convoy and shooting was heard in the vicinity.

The CAR has become a dangerous place for foreign nationals, who are sometimes accused of supporting the armed rebel group ex-Seleka. Fourteen of the passengers on the flight were evacuated from Boda, where Muslims are trapped in an encampment surrounded by the armed group anti-Balaka.

More than 100 of the Mauritanians choosing to evacuate had been living in Bria, in eastern CAR. They heard reports that the anti-Balaka were coming and decided to flee. One Mauritanian man who had been living in Bria for 20 years, running an import-export business said: “All the Muslims and foreign nationals have fled Bria. We were scared that the anti-Balaka would come for us, so we had to leave as well.”

Two brothers, Assan and Masur, who had been living and working in CAR for 10 years as food distributors fled with their wives and total of six children. “We’re leaving because of the anti-Balaka. They don’t like Muslims. We lost everything. Now we are going back to Mauritania. We will see what God can do for us,” said Assan.

The Mauritanian High Ambassador based in Nouakchott and the Chief Mauritanian Consul to Equatorial Guinea travelled to Bangui to facilitate the movement.

IOM has evacuated a total of 6,153 third country nationals from CAR. It is also carrying out mapping to identify and locate third country nationals still at risk in the country to address their protection and humanitarian needs.

The Organization is appealing for USD 17.5 million to evacuate stranded migrants and assist communities in need in CAR. IOM has already allocated USD 3.1 million from its own (MEFM) emergency fund. The United States Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) has contributed 1.5 million USD to replenish the fund.

 

SOURCE

International Office of Migration (IOM)

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