The overall objective of the project is; enhancing adherence to human rights standards and principles by law enforcement and security agencies. This trickles down to the specific project objectives that include: ensuring accountability for human rights violations by law enforcement and security forces with regard to extra – Judicial Killing, Enforced Disappearances torture, cruel, In Human and Degrading Treatment; promoting the inculcation of a culture of respect for human rights and standards within law enforcement and security forces; and ensuring state’s compliance with obligations under international human rights treaties. The project shall be guided by Article 26(Right to Life) and Article 29(Right to the freedom and security of the person) of The Constitution of Kenya 2010. These provisions in addition to international instruments such as the: UDHR, ICCPR, ACHPR and the Convention against Torture, prohibit the commission of acts of torture and imposes upon state parties the obligation prevent it. Following this, Kenya passed the Prevention of Torture Act (2017) which seeks to give effect to the Constitution and the above instruments.
The implementation of this project shall mainly target the Law Enforcement Agencies (National Police Service) and Oversight and Accountability Agencies. Some of the latter agencies include: The National Police Service Commission, Independent Policing Oversight Authority, Independent Medical Legal Unit, The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, The International Commission of Jurists, Kituo Cha Sheria, etc. Additionally, The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and members of the public shall be involved in the implementation of this project.
To achieve this, the project shall be implemented through:
The above shall be conducted by the Reforms and Accountability department with the support of the other departments in the Commission.
To measure the success of the project, various Project Monitoring and Evaluation tools shall be applied. They include: Back to Office Reports, Activity Reports, Weekly Reports, Monthly Reports, Quarterly Reports and Yearly Reports. Finally, an end of project evaluation shall be carried out to determine its effectiveness, efficiency, impact and helping in documentation of lessons for learning and future programming.
In overall, the expected outcome of the action will be enhanced adherence to human rights standards and principles by law enforcement and security agencies that would translate to improved policing services leading to the protection and promotion of human rights.