The judge ruled that eight clauses of Kenya's new anti-terror laws, signed by President Kenyatta to combat the Islamic group al-Shabaab, must be examined by the courts to ensure their compatibility with personal liberties.
The new law – which was passed amid mayhem that shocked Kenyans – broadens the powers of the government to surveil and detain people. Critics say it threatens hard-won freedoms enshrined in the 2010 Constitution.
Supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta sang "Uhuru is finally free" across Nairobi on Friday, praising The Hague's decision to end its case against him. But not all Kenyans were happy with the court’s announcement.
In an unusually public protest, 1,000 women danced, sang, and chanted 'my dress my choice' and 'shame, shame' on Monday after a woman was stripped naked earlier this month by men who disapproved of her clothing.
The court overturned a government ban on a gay rights lobbying group, ruling it incompatible with free speech and expression. The decision is a rare – but potentially influential – victory for LGBT groups in Africa.
Only a handful of Kenya's NGOs pushed for a trial of those thought to be behind the 2008 election violence. But their actions have boosted public support for putting limits on NGOs, something a proposed bill would do.
Kenyatta has so far avoided the ignominy of a trip to the International Criminal Court, where he is indicted for crimes against humanity. But if he skips out on an Oct. 8 meeting at The Hague, he may face an arrest warrant and pariah status.
The US airstrike that killed Ahmed Abdi Godane last week took out the mastermind of last year's Westgate Mall attack. The new leader of the Somali militant group is largely unknown and may struggle to hold it together.
Despite US aid for police reform, civilians in Kenya are five times more likely to be shot by cops than by thugs or terrorists, says new study of major cities. In most cases, police offer no explanation for why they opened fire.
Many feel tribal and political divides are pushing Kenya to the edge. Millions of dollars from Kenyan and international donors have been spent trying to reconcile groups that have traditionally clashed over political spoils.