Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 09/2010

A Breakthrough in Justice? Accountability for Post-Election Violence in Kenya

Chandra Lekha Sriram, Stephen Brown

August 2010

Centre on Human Rights in Conflict


The International Criminal Court (ICC) provides the most promising, and potentially only, venue for accountability for those most responsible for serious post-election violence in Kenya. International scrutiny, specifically the involvement of Kofi Annan and diplomatic pressure, sought to promote a resolution to violence and gave weight to the recommendations of a domestic commission of inquiry, but were unable to ensure domestic or hybrid accountability proceedings.