International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Impunity Watch invites you to a panel discussion on redress for Kenyans after the ICC.
Wednesday 23 November 2016; Time: 13:15 – 14:45 at World ForumAntarctica Room, World Forum, Churchillplein 10, 2517 JW The Hague
In spite of major setbacks in prosecutions for international crimes committed in Kenya in the context of the 2008 post-electoral violence, victims of these crimes still possess the right to justice, redress and reparations for harm suffered.
In July 2016, judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) declined to consider a request by victims in the case against Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang to determine if the Kenyan government should provide them reparations or order the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) to provide them with assistance. Two judges reasoned in the July 1 decision that because the case was closed without any conviction, the chamber could not make any ruling on the issue of reparation. Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji dissented, elaborating his reasoning on the issue of reparations he made in his decision to terminate the case Ruto and Sang.
Following this decision, which comes on the heels of the decisions to withdraw charges against both Mr. Kenyatta in 2104, and Mr. Ruto and Mr. Sang in 2016, what possibilities for redress remain available for victims of the crimes that occurred in Kenya during the 2008 post-electoral violence? What are the roles and mandates of national reparations mechanisms and the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) in this situation? What are the expectations of victims and what are the real chances of reparations for the post-electoral violence at a national or international level? How do these expectations and views relate to victims' experiences during the trials, and how have they evolved?
IW's research report In the "Shadow of Politics: Victim Participation in the Kenyan ICC Cases" will be presented during the Side Event.
The purpose of this side event is to develop as comprehensive a picture as possible to answer these questions, building on a variety of perspectives from both the national and international level. Click here for more information an overview of the panelists.
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