Kenyan elections must be free of sexual violence, UN official stresses ahead of polls

As Kenya prepares to go to the polls on Monday, a senior United Nations official has called on authorities to ensure the protection of civilians, especially women and girls, recalling that thousands of cases of rape and other forms of sexual assault were documented during the violence that followed the 2007 elections.

All Kenyans must work to ensure upcoming polls are peaceful and credible – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced the hope that all Kenyans will work together to ensure that next week’s elections will be peaceful and credible, as he discussed the upcoming polls with the country’s President, Mwai Kibaki.

Ahead of elections, UN expert calls on Kenya to prevent internal displacement crisis

The Kenyan Government and the international community must significantly scale up their efforts to prevent internal displacement resulting from possible violence ahead of the general election next week, a United Nations independent expert stressed today.

Kenya: UN official stresses need for peaceful and transparent elections

The United Nations political chief today stressed the need for all Kenyans and their institutions to ensure the upcoming general elections in March are credible, peaceful and transparent.

UN refugee agency cautions against stigmatizing refugees in wake of violence in Kenya

The United Nations refugee agency spoke out today against public statements in Kenya linking the presence of refugees in that country to recent violence – which the agency equally condemned.

General Assembly President condemns attacks on Kenyan churches

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today condemned deadly attacks carried out on two churches in Kenya over the weekend.

UN chief strongly condemns ‘reprehensible’ attacks on Kenyan churches

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the terrorist attacks carried out on two churches in Kenya which killed at least 17 people and wounded many more.

Kenya: UN scales up refugee training to improve assistance in camps

The United Nations refugee agency today announced new strategies to ensure uninterrupted assistance and services in its largest complex in Kenya, including training and mentoring of refugees as well as involving them in the day-to-day running of the Dadaab camps.

ICC prosecutor hails ruling on Kenya as crucial step for country’s future

The recent ruling by the International Criminal Court (ICC) requiring four prominent Kenyans to stand trial for crimes against humanity allegedly committed in late 2007 represents a significant step towards a peaceful future in the country, the Court’s prosecutor said today.

ICC sends prominent Kenyans to trial for crimes related to post-election violence

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today ruled that four prominent Kenyans, including the deputy prime minister, are to stand trial for crimes against humanity and other offences allegedly committed following general elections in late 2007.