Will mediation solve this crisis?

Things are looking up in Kenya as the former UN-Secretary General Kofi Annan arrives to try to help to resolve the political crisis unfolding in that country.

 

But if this weekends events are anything to go by, a lot needs to be done in Kenya before theres a total end to the violence in Kenya.

 

According to the Times five people were hacked to death, and the BBC reports that 30 people were killed over the weekend, bringing the total to more than 650 people killed since the violence began on 27 December.

 

Amnestys expressed its concern at the events, and has condemned the excessive use of force by Kenyas police during the protests.

 

Its also pretty worrying that journalists covering the crisis have been harassed and in some cases arrested.

 

 Lets hope that international mediation can bring an end to this crisis.

 

Journalists are also being harassed and intimidated for covering a conflict in another country in Africa Chad.

 

 Amnesty today expressed its concern that freedom of the press is being violated in Chad as journalists are arrested without official warrants.

 

Its incredible how freedom of speech and the press is one of the first human rights to be taken away in a crisis.  We only need to look back to Burma and Zimbabwe to see that.

 

Til the next time.

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