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‘12 year a non-compliance’: redress at last?

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler 13th November 2017

Last week, the UK government announced its intention to change the Prison Service Guidance so as to allow prisoners towards the end of their (less than one year) imprisonment sentence ‘on day release’ who are  still on the (annually updated) electoral register to vote in all UK elections. Prisoners would not be allowed to re-register […]

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The Supreme Countdown: The Fortnight That Shaped Kenya’s Presidential Determination and Beyond

Petronella Mukaindo 10th November 2017

Since 1 September 2017, when the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the Presidential election, the spotlight shifted to the final judgment of the apex court. Least remembered, and understandably so, is the flurry of pretrial applications, twelve in number, that preceded the celebrated decision. Three of the applications sought to expunge documents from the Court […]

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Cambodia: Using Law to Destroy Democracy

Katie Johnston 9th November 2017

Covered by a veneer of legality, Cambodia’s government has spent the last two years systematically dismantling the Southeast Asian country’s fledgling democracy. Following the main opposition party’s improved performance in the June 2017 local election, the ruling party has recently escalated its attack, ahead of a crucial general election scheduled for July 2018. Besides threatened […]

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Were the Kenyan Presidential Elections, 2017 a true reflection of the electorate’s will? An interrogation of the answer given by the Supreme Court of Kenya

Kendi Mutungi and Murimi Karani 7th November 2017

The determination on the exercise and protection of the electorate’s political rights was before the bench in the Supreme Court of Kenya’s decision in Raila Amolo Odinga & Anor v Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission & Others. The decision was unique and historic not only because it is the second in Africa to annul a […]

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Civilian Victims of the Conflicts Over Oil Refineries in Kirkuk

Saeed Bagheri 4th November 2017

On 15 September the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (KRG) held an independence referendum, in which a majority of the non-Kurdish people of the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk did not participate. Kurdish Peshmerga forces took control of Kirkuk after the Iraqi army abandoned its posts in a rapid collapse before the Islamic State’s offensive nearby in 2014. After […]

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