CSDS Speaker Series: The Struggle Against Impunity in Kenya

Centre for Security and Defence Studies (CSDS) Speaker Series: The Struggle Against Impunity in Kenya: Transitional Justice without the Transition – or the Justice

DATE: 2011.03.10, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

LOCATION/LIEU: Senate Room, 608 Robertson Hall, 1125 Colonel By, Carleton University

INFORMATION: Email [email protected] to register by March 7. For more information, call 613.520.2600 ext 6671, or visit http://carleton.ca/csds.

In this talk, Stephen Brown will analyze the various accountability mechanisms for the mass atrocities committed in Kenya after the December 2007 elections. These include the International Criminal Court’s ongoing investigations, the proposals for a special national or hybrid tribunal, and the activities of Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

He argues that as long as high-level perpetrators and their allies remain in government, there are few reasons to believe that more than a handful of individuals will be held accountable. Though even a few convictions would be a remarkable break from Kenya’s record of total impunity, it is unrealistic to expect the country’s transitional justice mechanisms to serve as an effective deterrent against future electoral violence.

The CSDS Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

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