The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is an autonomous national Human rights institution established under article 59 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 with the core mandate of furthering the promotion and protection of human rights in Kenya. It is a successor to the body of the same name established by an earlier Act of Parliament in 2002, that later became operational in July 2003.
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KNCHR with a delegation  from National Council on the Administration of Justice Committee on Criminal Justice Reform (NCCJR) during a meeting to deliberate on areas of collaboration. Seated, L-R Wilfred Nderitu (VC NCCJR), Hon. Lady Justice Grace Ngenye (chair- NCCJR), Kagwiria Mbogori ( Chair KNCHR) and George Morara( VC KNCHR).

L-R, KNCHR Commissioner Jedidah Wakonyo, UoN Deputy ViC, Student Affairs Isaac Mbeche, KNCHR Vice-Chair George Morara and KNCHR CEO Benard Mogesa.

Preliminary Findings of the 26th October Repeat Presidential Election in Kenya

KNCHR staff with members of National Police Service Commission (NPSC) during a courtesy call.Sitted (L-R)  KNCHR Commissioner; Jedidah Wakonyo, KNCHR chairperson; Kagwiria Mbogori, NPSC CS/CEO; Joe V. Onyango and KNCHR A.g CEO; Bernard Mogesa .

Still a Mirage: A Human Rights Account of the Fresh Presidential Poll for the Period September and November 2017

Launch of the 2017 Elections Report-Mirage at Dusk: A Human Rights Account of the 2017 General Elections

From L to R:Rosemary Njaramba; Council of Governors, Emily Chweya; Office of the Attorney General, Kagwiria Mbogori; Chair- KNCHR , George Morara;  Vice Chair- KNCHR and Otieno Isaack Okero; Country Director IDLO during the launch of the HRBA guidelines on policy and law-making.

An introspection of the KNCHR 2007 - 2008 experience 10 years later

KNCHR Vice Chair, Mr. George Morara presents an Certificate to Mr. Stephen Kangethe of Wells Fargo Limited for the company's compliance with Legal and Human Rights Obligations under Kenya's Employment Laws.

A meeting between KNCHR and University of Nairobi representatives to discuss and share findings of police brutality against students (28th September 2017)

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Still a Mirage: A Human Rights Account of the Fresh Presidential Poll for the Period September and November 2017 Wednesday , 20th December 2017

Today, we launch the concluding Chapter of KNCHR elections report. While it was expected that the second poll would—especially following the orders by the Supreme Court that the repeat Presidential poll be held in strict conformity with the law—be a reflection of enhanced and more accountable electoral processes and procedures, just as was the case before the annulment, a number of misgivings continued to plague the second round of elections, further pushing Kenya’s electoral democracy into the realm of a mirage of unmet expectations as is summarized in the observations and findings below: Read More


Mirage at Dusk: A Human Rights Account of The 2017 General Election Monday , 10th October 2017

Article 1 of the Constitution of Kenya clearly states that all sovereign power belongs to the People of Kenya and that the said power shall be exercised only in accordance with the Constitution. In a representative democracy like ours, one of the critical ways of exercising the people’s sovereign power is through direct and universal suffrage where every eligible voter participates in electing his or her leaders in a free, fair and credible electoral process. When Sovereign Power derives from the people, it means that citizens are empowered to democratically elect their leaders through the ballot. The meaning of the ballot must be extrapolated to go beyond the literal meaning of the physical ballot paper used to vote on Election Day. A credible ballot must be transparent and accountable. Comprehensive measures must be taken to ensure that the right to vote is secured and that every valid vote cast truly counts.  Read More


Remarks by The Chairperson Kenya National Commission on Human Rights during National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) Monitoring And Reporting Workshop-Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Monitoring and reporting is instrumental in the work of any National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). I see we have two main objectives to achieve out of this workshop..  Read More


Submissions To The 92nd Session Of The Committee On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Racial Discrimination (CERD) By The Kenya National Commission On Human Rights (The Knchr)-3rd May 2017

Madam Chair, the Country Rapporteur for Kenya and his co-Rapporteurs, Distinguished Members of the Committee, Distinguished Members of the Kenyan Delegation led by Madam Maryann Njau, Colleagues from the NGO sector represented here today, Ladies and Gentlemen..  Read More


International Day for the Right to Truth 2017 :Opening Remarks Chairperson, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights-24th March 2017

Monitoring and reporting is instrumental in the work of any National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). I see we have two main objectives to achieve out of this workshop.  Read More


KNCHR marks International Human Rights Day 2016 - 13th December 2016

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights joined the international community as the World commemorated the 2016 International Human Rights Day under the theme of: “Stand up for someone’s right today”. The day afforded an opportunity to review the gains, challenges and areas of improvement in the human rights sector.  Read More

International Human Rights Day 2016: Statement Of The High Commissioner For Human Rights 13th December 2016

Today's events in the world make many among us anxious- even fearful.

We see human beings in pain. Decent values under attack. Messages of hatred and intolerance- divisive visions of the world which drive increasing selfishness, isolation, scapegoating and violence.  Read More

KNCHR calls for respect of the Bill of Rights -13th December 2016

As the world celebrates the International Human Rights Day today, the Commission has called on the Government to respect the basic human rights of its people by respecting the spirit of the bill of rights as enshrined in the Kenya Constitution. Making her remarks during the IHRD in Isiolo, KNCHR Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori said there has been improvement in access to justice following the radical changes that were effected in the Judiciary. She said that any existing challenges need to be addressed immediately since the composition of the judiciary is now complete.. Read More


Devolution must Act as a Catalyst to Good Governance

As KNCHR commemorated the International Human Rights Day in Isiolo County, The Chairperson of the Commission, Ms Kagwiria Mbogori said that the County governments should make efforts to understand, appreciate devolution and its impact on the enjoyment of human rights; and that the citizens are sensitized on their role in decision making brought about by devolution so that they can live enriched lives. Read More

Boundary demarcation of grazing and farming land along the Tana River a solution to lasting peace- 27th November 2016

The search for grazing land and the availability of almost ripe farm harvest continue to be a great source of conflict along the Tana Delta.The situation is further aggravated by the looming drought that has dried seasonal rivers and wells along the Delta belt and communities are now forced to move in search of food and pasture.Wilson Balesa, a retired teacher narrated his ordeal that now causes him sleepless nights following an invasion in his farm in July 2016 that left him without a source of living.     Read More

Human Rights

What are human rights
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. Read more
An ACT of Parliament to restructure the Kenya National Human Rights and Equality Commission and to establish the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Article 59(4) Read more
Exercising your human rights
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in from birth until death. A majority of these rights and provisions are stipulated in laws and legal provisions of Read more
Our admissibility criteria
The Complaints & Investigations department receives and investigates complaints from the public. The following are frequently asked questions on the type of complaints filed. Read more
Current human rights debates
In this page you can read more about current human rights debates. Issues to do with extra judicial killings, police reforms, refugees , internal displacements , and many other topical issues.
Inquiries and investigations
In this page you will find details of the investigations and inquiries done by the Commission to ensure people and organisations meet their legal and moral responsibilities under human rights legislation. Read more


North Rift Security Inquiry
KNCHR is mandated by Section 8 of the KNCHR Act of 2011 to monitor, investigate and report on the observance of human rights in all spheres of life in the Republic of Kenya and on its own initiative or on the basis of complaints, investigate or research a matter in respect of human rights, and make recommendations to improve the functioning of State organs. Read More
Soweto housing project
Twelve years ago, the Government embarked on a project that would enhance the enjoyment of the right to affordable and accessible housing through the Kibera Soweto slum upgrading project. The initiative, housed under the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development aimed at constructing low cost housing for slum dweller to improve their living standards. Read More
Human rights and extractives industry
In the last three years, there has been great interest and attention to the oil and gas sector in Kenya; this has been triggered by the oil discovery in Turkana in 2012. This discovery has led to a lot of interest in Turkana county specifically and other exploration areas in general. Though Turkana has majority of the exploration blocks, there is intensive exploration elsewhere in the country with some of it being offshore. Read More
Elections and Human Rights.
Following the battle of the oranges and bananas, at last Kenya had a new constitution promulgated in 2010. It brought with it a new beginning and new sense of ownership by the people, taking cognizance of Article 1 that gave sovereign power to the citizens. To secure this sovereign power, the CoK entrenched constitutional and independent offices to monitor and safeguard compliance by public and private actors. Read More
National action plan on business and human rights
In Kenya, Key business and human rights concerns revolve around workplace rights, local communities –business relations, human rights and sustainable land use, human rights and sustainable environment and human rights and small- and medium-sized enterprises. Read More