Above: 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. Photo: Courtesy © 2016 KNCHR Communications Department)
Isiolo, Kenya: December 13, 2016: By Dominic Kabiru
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. As a National Human Rights Institution, KNCHR works with state and non-state actors both locally and internationally to promote the inculcation of a culture of respect for human rights within the Country. This is to ensure compliance with the Constitution of Kenya (2010) and international human rights standards and principles.
The theme of this year’s celebrations called on all people to be champions for human rights and especially the vulnerable.
As the Kenya Constitution (2010) provides for devolved governments, State obligation to promote human rights is therefore shared between both the National and County governments. It is in this respect that this year the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights made a deliberate effort to commemorate this year’s International Human Rights Day in a number of counties in the Country. These Counties are Isiolo, Kwale, Garissa, Vihiga, Wajir, Elgeyo Marakwet and Laikipia. In doing so, the Commission is optimistic that the County Governments will scale up interventions to ensure realisation of human rights in their respective regions.