Judiciary, top security chiefs set to meet

May 26, 2014 7:22 am
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The meeting aims to among other issues, explore international human rights and counter-terrorism/FILE
The meeting aims to among other issues, explore international human rights and counter-terrorism/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26- As the country continues to enhance its security measures, top judges and senior security officials are set to meet this week for two days to consult on emerging national security issues.

During the meeting, they will discuss appropriate security responses within the context of the Constitution and international human rights law.

The Thursday meeting will be addressed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko and Chief Justice Willy Mutunga among other key stakeholders.

The meeting aims to explore international human rights and counter-terrorism, which sometimes seem at cross-purposes, and demonstrate that they should be properly viewed as complementary as envisaged by the Constitution.

The meeting comes amid allegations of the Judiciary sabotaging police work through release of terror suspects on bail, who either escape or commit other crimes.

CJ Mutunga is scheduled to meet top security officials early in the week to agree on the structure of the meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) in Nairobi.

“First, to have a robust conversation with other stakeholders about our respective roles in national security and the protection of individual liberties; and second, to explore appropriate frameworks for thinking about these issues within a judicial process that respects and promotes human rights while increasing human and national security,” the JTI director, Justice Prof Joel Ngugi said while noting that the overriding aim of this conversation is two-fold; security and respect to human rights.

JTI facilitates judicial education, research on issues pertinent to the administration of justice, and robust and constructive stakeholder engagement.

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