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Statement to the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in Darfur

Mr President, Your Excellencies, 1.         Allow me at the outset to congratulate Estonia for holding the Presidency of the United Nations (“UN”) Security Council during the month of June and wish you continued success in chairing the crucial work of this august body. Mr President, Your Excellencies, 2.         This is my final briefing before the Council in my capacity as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”). 3.         It has been an honour and a…

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Travel & Destination: Make Kenya Your Next Destination

Hardly can one talk about Africa without mentioning Kenya, one of the most stunning places on the continent. The East African country is reaping significantly from enthusiastic international visitors who want to gain new experiences and realise their dreams by visiting their lovely destinations. Kenya Tourism Performance Report 2019 indicates the country received 2, 048,334 visitors compared with 2,025,206 in 2018. The East African nation also recorded revenue of $1.6 billion, indicating that the tourism sector is playing a significant role…

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ICC concludes confirmation of charges hearing in Abd-Al-Rahman case

Today, 26 May 2021, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) concluded before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane. The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the suspect committed each…

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Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman case: The ICC Prosecutor’s Statement at the opening of the confirmation of charges

Thank you Mr President. On behalf of the Office of the Prosecutor, I am Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Today, I am joined by my learned colleagues, Mr Julian Nicholls, Senior Trial Lawyer and Ms Jasmina Suljanovic, Case Manager. It is my honor and privilege to address you today. Mr President, Your Honours, Mr Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, known more commonly by his alias “Ali Kushayb”, is charged with 31 counts of crimes against humanity and…

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ICC: Opening of the confirmation of charges hearing in Abd–Al-Rahman case

Today, 24 May 2021, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) opened before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane. The hearing is scheduled until 27 May 2021. The judges will hear successively the oral submissions of the Prosecutor, the Legal Representatives of the Victims and the Defense. The confirmation of charges hearing is…

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Kenya: The Other Side of the High Court’s Verdict

It came perhaps unexpectedly to President Uhuru Kenyatta and many Kenyans – positively or otherwise. Call it an explosive verdict. An audacious slap on the face of the President, you may say, but wait for a second; that may be a speculative conclusion to make. Yes, Kenya’s High Court had boldly dismissed the government-sponsored constitutional amendment bill, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which would have expanded the executive and Parliament, and labelled it illegal and unconstitutional.  That is not…

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Dominic Ongwen sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment

Dominic Ongwen during the delivery of the sentence before the International Criminal Court on 6 May 2021 ©ICC-CPI Today, 6 May 2021, Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) sentenced Dominic Ongwen to 25 years of imprisonment following the Trial Judgment in which the Chamber found him guilty for a total of 61 crimes comprising crimes against humanity and war crimes, committed in Northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005. The period…

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Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage

The Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have divorced after 27 years of marriage. In a Twitter message, the couple announced they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple.” “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they added. The billionaire couple jointly runs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent billions in philanthropy.  How it all…

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Proverb of the week: “Hot water does not burn down the house.” (English)

Hot water does not burn down the house (English) Maji ya moto hayachomi nyumba (Swahili / Eastern and Central Africa) This African proverb is very common amongst the Sukuma and Ngoreme tribes of Tanzania and the Kuria people in Kenya and Tanzania. Primarily, they use the saying to encourage a husband and wife that peaceful co-existence between them is vital to the success of their marriage – irrespective of arguments and challenges they encounter in their relationship. The couple must work…

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Kata Kata Ambassador Liam Katabira to Encourage literacy in Primary Schools in Uganda

In an attempt by kata kata cartoon magazine to encourage reading and writing amongst learners in primary schools in Uganda, the organisation is in talks with leading Primary Schools in the country, among them, Sir Apollo Kagwa Primary School Kisaasi, a member of a wider group under Sir Apollo Kagwa Schools. Under this program, Kata Kata youth ambassador Liam Katabira, an Old Boy (O.B) of one of the Sir Apollo Kagwa Schools, will be visiting schools to achieve Literacy…

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Virtual Reading Time With Liam Katabira, The Young Writer

Virtual Reading Time With Liam Katabira, The Young Writer Join the virtual reading time with our youth ambassador Liam Katabira for all interesting stories. Date: Every Sunday Time: 6pm (EA/Ugandan time) Via: Facebook live stream Young Writers Forum is promoted by:

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Hear The Young Writer’s Story

Do you want to become a young writer? Do you want your stories to be published? Possibilities can be endless – if you have the determination. Liam Katabira is a living witness of what a child can achieve if they are determined. Join the Kata Kata Young Writers’ Club and realise your dreams.

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