Simon Jennings | Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Simon Jennings
Africa Editor

As Africa Editor, Simon oversees print and radio production for IWPR in Uganda, Kenya, the Sudans and the Democratic Republic of Congo. IWPR’s journalists across the region produce detailed analysis on conflict, justice and rule of law for both a local and international audience. Simon grew up in Sussex in south east England. He spent a year working in post-apartheid South Africa in 1999 and has since managed humanitarian projects in refugee camps for Sudanese and Congolese in northern Uganda. Simon has an MA in Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and after studying journalism as a postgraduate at City University, London, he worked as a junior editor at the China Daily newspaper in Beijing. He began at IWPR in November 2007 as a reporter on the ICTY/western Balkans project, based in The Hague. In 2009 Simon became the producer of IWPR’s ‘Facing Justice’ radio programme in northern Uganda. Along with a team of Darfuri journalists, he has also produced the Fi al Mizan, a weekly investigative radio slot on justice issues in Darfur.

Stories by the author

Kenyatta appeared before the ICC's judges in October 2014.The court's prosecutor has been unable to secure sufficient evidence to put Kenya's president on trial. (Photo: ICC-CPI/Flickr)
Simon Jennings
7 Dec 14
High-profile failure exposes weaknesses in the way the court runs investigations, but also a lack of international resolve to make it work.
Soldiers positioned outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi, September 2013. (Photo courtesy of Capital FM)
Judie Kaberia, Simon Jennings
22 Sep 14
Analysts say authorities have failed to design a coherent counter-terrorism policy.
Wilfred Nderitu (right) was appointed to represent victims in the case against Kenya's deputy president, William Ruto, and former broadcaster, Joshua Arap Sang. (Photo: ICC-CPI/Flickr)
Blake Evans-Pritchard, Simon Jennings, J.J. Wangui
22 Sep 14
Concern at trend towards assigning lawyers to represent victims rather than letting them choose their own.
Kenya's Attorney-General Githu Muigai. (Photo: The Standard)
Nzau Musau, Simon Jennings
4 Jun 14
Nairobi is confident that proposed amendments will pass, but participating states are unlikely to allow major revisions to Hague court’s founding statute.
The ICC's Registrar, Herman von Hebel, is looking to strengthen the court's ability to protect witnesses. (Photo: ICC-CPI/Flickr)
Blake Evans-Pritchard, Simon Jennings
28 Mar 14
Experts highlight security weaknesses that could endanger entire cases.
Main ICC premises in The Hague. (Photo: Vincent van Zeijst)
Simon Jennings
10 Feb 14
Nairobi event will discuss whether prosecutions are the key to accountability in Africa.
Former ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, and the incumbent prosecutor Fatou Bensouda listen to the verdict against Thomas Lubanga. Judges pointed to a number of offences that might have been committed by OTP intermediaries. (Photo: ICC-CPI/Flickr)
Bernard Koech, Simon Jennings
4 Feb 14
Panel can probe allegations of staff misconduct but has no powers to investigate prosecution.
Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is charged with crimes against humanity in The Hague. (Photo: World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell)
Lilian Ochieng, Simon Jennings
3 Feb 14
Observers surprised that Fatou Bensouda has not done more to urge Nairobi to be more cooperative.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. (Photo: ICC-CPI/Flickr)
Lilian Ochieng, Simon Jennings
20 Jan 14
Commentators welcome greater funding but say more is needed to allow court to do its job.
Kenya Independence Day celebrations. Despite President Uhuru Kenyatta’s comments, critics say a series of new laws generated by government is designed to curtail freedoms, not increase them. (Photo: Sudath Silva, courtesy of President Rajapaksa)
Bernard Momanyi, Simon Jennings
13 Dec 13
Despite Uhuru Kenyatta’s comments, critics say a series of new laws generated by government is designed to curtail freedoms, not increase them.