Leah Gitahi

About Leah Gitahi

Leah Gitahi is a graduate of the University of Nairobi where she studied law (LLB). Her main areas of interest are International Criminal Justice, International relations, Climate Change, Governance, and non-violent conflict resolution.

ISIL Claims Afghanistan Blast In A Kabul Wedding

63 people were killed and scores wounded after a bomb exploded at a wedding hall in Kabul. Officials have described it as the deadliest attack in Kabul this year. The suicide blast occurred on Saturday evening at around 22:40 local time (18:10 GMT) in the men’s reception area of the […]

Amnesty International Issues A Travel Advisory For The U.S.

Amnesty International has issued a travel advisory for the U.S., following the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. The two shootings which occurred on the same weekend claimed 31 lives. Uruguay, Venezuela and Japan are some of the countries that have also issued travel advisories for […]

Saudi Arabia Changes Guardianship Laws Towards Women

Women in Saudi Arabia can now travel abroad freely without requiring the permission of a guardian. These are some of the changes introduced by the new regulations announced on Friday. The laws are a progressive step towards abolishing laws that make women lesser citizens. The new laws grant women over […]

125 Kilos Of Rhino Horn Seized In Vietnam

On Sunday, authorities reported that 55 pieces of rhino horns were recovered encased in plaster at an airport in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. The seizure is part of a crackdown operation to unravel the sophisticated smuggling world. Customs officers broke open the plaster moulds after the carefully disguised shipment aroused suspicion. […]

ICC Convicts Bosco Ntaganda For War Crimes And Crimes Against Humanity

On 8 July 2019, the International Criminal Court (ICC) gave its verdict on the case against the Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda. The court concluded that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. Ntaganda was found guilty of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in […]

Membership Of Pre-Trial Chamber III Convened To Decide On The Situation In Bangladesh And Myanmar 1

Historically, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar -formerly Burma – was under military rule, but established a civilian-led government in 2015. The new government made people hopeful that marginalization based on ethnicity and discrimination against minorities would come to an end. Minority groups felt relatively safe and expected that […]

Worry In Sri Lanka As Top Buddhist Monk Calls For The Stoning Of Muslims 1

Muslims in Sri Lanka now live in fear over the possibility of fresh attacks following remarks by a top Buddhist monk that Muslims, the religious minority in the country, should be stoned. The remarks by Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero are likely to fuel communal tensions in the country. Activists, politicians, […]

Internet Blackout In Sudan Amid Protests 2

Sudan has been completely cut off from the internet in recent times. The blackout has been gradual, with locals originally only experiencing intermittent blackouts, however there is now a total shutdown. The shutdown comes months after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power in April after protests had rocked the […]

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda Appeals Court’s Decision To Reject Afghanistan Probe

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, appealed the court’s rejection to disallow her to continue with investigating alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan since 1 May 2003. In its 12 April 2019 decision, the judges unanimously agreed that starting the investigation now would not serve […]

Al-Bashir Will Not Be Extradited To The ICC. 1

On 11 April 2019, President Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power in Sudan following protests that had rocked the country for 16 weeks. President al-Bashir’s resignation marked the end of a three-decade draconian rule, one of the longest in Africa. Al-Bashir came into power through a military coup that toppled […]