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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2018 State of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in The Republic Of Kenya: Statement By The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights 

Enhancing Social Accountability in Kenya’s Health Sector: A two days conferene aimed at bringing together over 250 stakeholders in the health sector

Now is the time to say NO to Sexual and Gender-based Violence in electoral conflict situations

The Commission Secretary, Dr. Bernard Mogesa (in spectacles) exchange the signed Memorandum of Understanding document with the Media Council of Kenya, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. David Omwoyo at KNCHR head office. They were joined by officers from the two institutions.

Dr. Joel Mabonga (4th left) CEO-  Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA),  Wambui Gathathi (5th left) Deputy CEO KNCHR and Marco De Milato (4th right) Regional Co-ordinator- European Committee for Training and Agriculture (CEFA) among other representatives during a courtesy call at the IPOA offices to deliberate on the implementation of the Imarisha Haki Grant; a project that aims to protect and promote Human Rights reforms within the criminal justice system in Kenya.

KNCHR Commissioner Jedidah Waruhiu (seated at the centre) is joined by private and health sector stakeholders and members of the Human Rights Defenders during the launch of the Kisumu County Health Report  On her left is the Chairperson of Western Kenya Human Rights Network, Mr. Awatt Awatt.

Commissioner Suzanne Shatikha addressing a public baraza on the upsurge of insecurity in Mt. Elgon, Bungoma County.

Courtesy call to the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to discuss the implementation of various projects the Commission plans to undertake with the participation of KFS so as realize success. L-R, Esther Keige (KFS), Patrick Nyaga( KFS), Alex Lemarkoko (KFS), Esau Omollo, Emilio N Mugo ( Chief Conservator, KFS),  Wambui Gathathi (Deputy CEO, KNCHR), Anne Marie Okutoyi (KNCHR), Samson Omondi (KNCHR) and Abigael Baswisti (KNCHR).

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

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KNCHR Releases its Annual Statement on Status of Human Rights - March 19th 2018

The national human rights agency has released its 2018 annual report on the current status of human rights and fundamental rights in Kenya. The national Commission that has a constitutive mandate, released its highly awaited status report today in Nairobi at a media function that took place at its head office. The Commission popularly known by its acronym, KNCHR plays an overseer and advisory role to Government in upholding a human rights culture in the country.Read More

Enhancing Social Accountability in Kenya’s Health Sector - March 14th 2018

In collaboration with other organization, KNCHR is holding a two days conference intended to create awareness and enhance realization of the right to health by stimulating dialogue on social accountability among health sector stakeholders in Kenya.The key output of the conference will be a social accountability action plan which will provide a framework for engagement between state and non-state actors in improving accountability for commitments and results in the health sector. Read more

Now is the time to say NO to Sexual and Gender-based Violence in electoral conflict situations - March 8th 2018

As we commemorate the 2018 International Women’s Day, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights takes this opportunity to highlight a heinous form of electoral violence: sexual and gender based violence in electoral conflict-situations. SGBV is a violation of the Right to Human Dignity, Freedom from torture, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. The ripple effect of this form of violation is that it not only affects women but also children, spouses, families and society as a whole. Read more

KNCHR and Media Council of Kenya signs a Memorandum .of Understanding-Tuesday, 6th March 2018

In what is billed to be a key milestone in establishing a unique relationship between two public institutions, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Media Council of Kenya yesterday entered into an understanding of cooperation. The two institutions are severally and collectively tasked with specific mandates of upholding the rights and fundamental freedoms of the media that ultimately hold duty bearers and those in power to account.:Read More


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

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