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Exercising your human rights

Taking action

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 every country/republic who also recommend recourse measures where rights are violated or are not being accorded. 
 
The Constitution of Kenya 2010 has an elaborate Chapter on the Bill of Rights as one of the guiding factors on the enjoyment and realization of human rights in Kenya. In addition, various other chapters play a key role in elaboration the provisions of Chapter 4 to include action taking bodies and Mechanisms.
 
In the case of Kenya, citizens can take action on a human right violation or the lack of adherence to human rights standards by either using legal means through judicial processes or what is now prescribed as alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. In the latter, formal judicial processes take root to involve while the former, allows for non formal process to resolve human rights issues through the using family representatives, community elders or community structures who largely initiate conversations to settle matters amicably.
 
Depending on the gravity of the violation at hand, it is important for every citizen to be well versed the Constitution and other legal documents such as Acts of parliament. If you feel your rights have been violated and want to make a formal complaint. Click here