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Thursday, 18 January 2018
Media Statement: SEYCHELLES: Judicial Independence and Accountability

The undersigned organisations are gravely concerned about recent reports of events affecting the judiciary in the Seychelles. The developments in Seychelles have the potential to affect the actual and perceived independence of the court.

Multiple international guidelines and best practice standards highlight the crucial importance of the independence of the judiciary. The Latimer House Principles recognised that “an independent, impartial, honest and competent judiciary is integral to upholding the rule of law, engendering public confidence and dispensing justice.”[1] This principle is reiterated in section 119 (2) of the Constitution of Seychelles which guarantees the independence of the judiciary and makes it subject only to the Constitution and laws of the country.

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Publication Date:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 14:45
Press Release: Kenya: Supreme Court Asserted 'Centrality of Rule of Law'

On the 1st of September, 2017 the Supreme Court of Kenya annulled the Presidential election held on the 8th of August 2017 and ordered a re-run within 60 days. The ruling was made as a result of a petition by the leader of the opposition, Raila Odinga, in which he sought nullification of the results of the elections on the basis that it was marred by breaches of the law and many irregularities.

In annulling the elections, the court per, Maraga CJ writing the majority judgment in 4 - 2 decision said: "Taking the totality of the entire evidence, we are satisfied that the elections were not conducted in accordance to the dictates of the constitution".

In its ruling the court emphasised that the re-run be conducted " in conformity with the Constitution and the applicable laws". In so holding the court affirmed that the credibility of the Kenyan elections would be judged by the extent to which they comply with constitutional principles.

Publication Date:
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 12:30
2nd Introduction to Human Rights Course

JIFA is running its 2nd "Introduction to Human Rights for Judges" course this week. There are 23 participants from 10 different SADC countries attending the course.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:45
Jifa Newsletter

Click here to view the August 2017 newsletter

Publication Date:
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:45

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