The political discourse after April 2, 2015 (when terrorists stormed Garissa University College and killed 148 people and injured over 70 others) has been likened to the narrative in the US after 9/11 terrorist’s attack and is set to fundamentally change rights and freedoms of refugees in Kenya. The Deputy President (DP) of Kenya, His Excellency William Ruto announced an executive order indicating that Dadaab camp be closed within three months, citing that terrorists are harbored and trained there.
The failed coup staged by Maj. General Godefroid Niyombare, a former intelligence service head, is one of the many indicators that all is not well in Burundi. Burundi is slowly sinking into an electoral crisis likely to be worse than the failed 2010 elections. More than 100, 000 refugees have fled to neighboring Rwanda, DRC, and Tanzania since the president announced his quest for a third term.
This report on Post 2013 General Elections and Electoral Processes is based on a culmination of domestic election observation findings and recommendations, dialogue between electoral stakeholders and thematic issues presented by the Technical Working Group (TWG) on elections since the last general elections, held on March 4th 2013.
On 8th March 2015, world leaders pledged to fully implement laws designed to protect women’s rights and end discriminatory practices against women during the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) forum held in New York. This was done through the adoption of a political declaration by government ministers confirming their commitment to achieve gender equality by 2030. The declaration was however criticized by women’s rights activists as a weak text that doesn’t commit to the transformative change needed for gender equality.