All Updates

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18 Nov 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- A draft Bill before parliament proposes the heavy punishment for traffickers of more than one person, repeat offenders and those trafficking vulnerable people like children and pregnant women.
- Three years ago, when the country’s Law Reform Commission started working on amendments in criminal laws, President Kagame challenged the judiciary to deal with trafficking in persons and called for tougher measures to deter the vice.

18 Nov 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Global Humanitarian law experts have raised the alarm over national counterterrorism laws that could hamper the work of aid organisations.
- Legal experts say that countries ought to strike a balance between humanitarian law and counterterrorism measures, in an era characterised by an upsurge of non-state armed groups resorting to acts of terrorism.

Global Humanitarian law experts have raised the alarm over national counterterrorism laws that could hamper the work of organisations providing relief in conflict situations.

05 Nov 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Rwandan refugees have up to December 31 to either secure legal residency in host countries, return home or risk losing protection after the cessation date.
- This has seen the country receive over 11,000 returnees in the first eight months of this year compared with 5,580 in 2016.
- Invocation of the cessation clause means that the UNHCR will no longer be responsible for supporting Rwandan refugees.

01 Nov 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By The EastAfrican

Kenya is on high alert following a suspected case of the Ebola-like Marburg virus in the western Trans Nzoia County, which borders Uganda.

This is after a Ugandan national with symptoms of the haemorrhagic fever visited a herbalist in a village in Kaisagat location, Kwanza Constituency, seeking medical assistance.

County health officials said samples from the Ugandan have been taken to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) for analysis with results expected on Wednesday morning.

31 Oct 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • County Director of Health noted that the patients had developed severe diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Health officials had identified the cause of the disease as contaminated water.

Two people have died and more than ten others hospitalised following a cholera outbreak in Embu County, in central Kenya.

The County Director of Health Stephen Kaniaru on Monday said the two died while receiving treatment.

He noted that the patients had developed severe diarrhoea and vomiting.