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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HRD Trainings

Human Rights Defenders Training in Eldoret

Soweto housing project - Zone 'A'

Handing over keys to Kibera residents

Soweto housing project - Zone 'A'

Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi hands over keys to a beneficiary of the housing project

Testimonies from field

Baringo security inquiry

Baringo Security Inquiry

An elderly woman shares the plight of women and children in the conflict that has ravished North Rift part of Kenya

Baringo Security Inquiry

Left. Commissiner Jedidah , Middle Commissioner Chivusia during the ongoing public inquiry hearings

Taita Taveta

Group photo with state actors in Taita Taveta County

Baringo Security Inquiry - Video

Public Inquiry on perennial insecurity in the North Rift and its impact on the enjoyment of human rights

Latest News

Peace as an oasis of bountiful harvest - By Lynesther Mureu -  7/12/2016

The terrain is harsh; roads have not been cleared or demarcated and where they once were, rains that have trod the area over the years have forced the few cars that ply those in road to create new paths.  Tarmac is a foreign word, a wonder of the world if it would ever be placed on this part of the country. One drives miles into the bush on uneven road, cutting through rivers in an attempt to reach communities. View More

Open National Tender 2016-2018 - By Procurement  7/11/2016

The Commission invites sealed bids from interested eligible bidders for provision of various services. The contracts resulting from this process will be for two years with an initial contract of one year renewable upon satisfactory provision of required services. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information and inspect the tender documents at the supply chain management department located in the 1st floor of CVS Plaza from Monday to Friday between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm.View More

2015 – 2019 Universal Period Review implementation plan for Kenya  7/10/2016

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a peer review mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) that examines the human rights performance of all United Nations member states, once every four and a half years. The ultimate goal of the UPR is to improve the human rights situation in all countries. During the review, recommendations are made to the State under review on how to improve the enjoyment of human rights for its people.View 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
If you feel your human rights have been breached and you want to do something about it, there is no single or ‘right’ way of dealing with it.It depends on the context and your particular circumstances. 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


Baringo 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