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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Right KNCHR Vice Chair Mr George Morara, KNCHR Chairperson Ms. Kagwiria Mbogori, IEBC Chair Mr Wafula Chebukati,  KNCHR Commisioner Mrs Waruhiu, KNCHR CEO Mrs Nyaundi and IEBC CEO Mr. Ezra Chiloba

Royal Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Victor Ronneberg and his Deputy Mr Vebjorn Heines with KNCHR Commissioners and Management during a courtesy call to KNCHR offices. The Royal Norwegian Embassy is supporting KNCHR's work on Economic Social Cultural Rights for a period of three years beginning 2016.

KNCHR Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori (4th from left) accompanied by other human rights defenders joins the Isiolo County Governor Godana Doyo (holding flag) during the flagging off of International Human Rights Day procession in Isiolo town.

Members of the public in a procession to mark the International Human Rights Day in Isiolo County

KNCHR Chairperson addressing the public during the IHRD celebrations in Isiolo County

Marcella Favretto from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights during the International Human Rights Day in Isiolo

KNCHR Vice Chair (front left) leads a KNCHR delegation to a courtesy call on Lamu County Commissioner Mr. J. Kanyiri.

Members of the public during hearing sessions in Mpeketoni.

KNCHR Chair (centre) and Lamu Governor H.E Issa Timamy address the press outside his office during a courtesy call

A witness takes the oath before testifying at the Garsen public hearing sessions

Opening ceremony of the Lamu Public inquiry sessions

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

KNCHR is delighted to join all of you today in commemorating this International Day for the Right to Truth. On behalf of the Commission, I stand here to acknowledge the fact that truth precedes justice and that the best we can do, as a people, is not to remain silent, but to louden the voice of truth seeking.  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