From January 24-31 the African Union Summit is being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The 2011 theme is “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values.” Daily Nation reported on the 29th that some critical issues during the summit will include the Cote d’Ivoire crisis, Kenya’s stance on the International Criminal Court and the recent referendum in Sudan inclusive of the continuing arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Al Jazeera published an in-depth interview with Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s current president, focusing on the success of the country after the 1994 genocide. The interview highlighted the issues of institution-building, corruption, human rights and the rule of law in building a successful and safe nation.
On January 28, Cambodia’s UN-assisted genocide courts (Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia) received a pledge from Japan for a further $11.7 million contribution to assist with the proceedings. The tribunal convicted its first defendant last year and is currently trying four members of the Khmer Rouge regime. The Associated Foreign Press reported on February 1 that three of these men applied to be released whilst they await trial for genocide.