Law Soc plans second Kenyan mission

The Law Society is considering sending another human rights mission to Kenya as harassment of opponents of President Moi continues.

The working party of the Human Rights Committee has recommended that a delegation of two lawyers should be sent to Kenya by the end of the year.

This follows an earlier trip this year, which was hailed at the time as a success because the Kenyan government said that it would take up a recommendation to set up a workshop on the countrys justice system.

But Andy Unger, a law lecturer at South Bank University and member of the working party, said that the matter had not progressed. Everything in Kenya is overshadowed by the November elections.

He added: We will continue our dialogue with the legal profession, and intend to develop links with Kenyan lawyers. As part of its effort, the Law Society is near completing its plan to twin the Rift Valley Law Society in Nakuru with a local law society in England.

Meanwhile, another human rights hotspot has caught the eye of the International Bar Association (IBA). The IBA has decided to send a mission to Pakistan at the end of October. Australian Nicholas Cowdery QC, co-chairman of the IBAs Human Rights Institute, will head the mission.