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Human rights lobby supports ICC trial

13 September 2013, 14:03

Nairobi - The International Federation for Human Rights (IFDH) welcomed the upcoming trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto saying the exercise would pave way to lasting peace, enhance the rule of law and prevent any future atrocities.

The human rights group said these proceedings were an opportunity for the whole society to unearth the truth of the violence that took place after the 2007 presidential elections and an opportunity for victims to find justice in an independent court of law.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) this week deferred Ruto’s trial due to the unavailability of witnesses while the President is due to appear before the court in November.

"These are not the trials of a President and a Deputy President. These are trials to establish the facts and individual criminal responsibility for serious crimes. Their positions are and should be irrelevant. The unsung heroes of these proceedings are the victims and witnesses who, despite a difficult and sometimes threatening environment, have committed themselves to the search for truth and justice. Their engagement will benefit the whole Kenyan society,” stated Patrick Baudouin, IFDH Honorary President.

The accused are charged with murder, deportation or forcible transfer of people, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts as crimes against humanity committed during the post-election violence.

More than 300 victims have been authorised to participate in the proceedings. During the last few months, victims and witnesses participating in the proceedings withdrew their participation citing alleged intimidation.

– CAJ News


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