In Kenya, Prime Minister Raila Odinga recently told supporters in the Nairobi slum of Kibera that he would order police to arrest gays. In Uganda and Malawi, debate is rising over the legality of homosexuality.
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said he will name the top Kenyan politicians accused of orchestrating massive violence following the December 2007 elections. Ocampo's plans to try officials could set a strong precedent against the use of ethnic violence to achieve political power.
Kenya analysts say Sunday's Kenya bomb blasts are an attempt to rile the political environment ahead of a referendum on a new draft constitution. Conspiracy theories abound.
Kenya judges ruled this week that an Islamic ‘khadi’ court system that could expand under the new constitution is discriminatory. Human rights advocates say the issue has been ‘hijacked’ by those opposed to the draft constitution.
The ethnic crisis is taking center stage at a three-day African Union summit in neighboring Ethiopia.