The Western Regional Office (henceforth referred to as WERO) was opened in December, 2013 to address human rights concerns in Western Kenya. It covers a total of 11 counties in Western Kenya, namely; Kisumu, Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Siaya, Vihiga, Busia, Kericho, Bomet and Kakamega. Being a regional office, WERO is responsible for ensuring that the Commission’s strategies are implemented in the counties in which it works and the Commission’s objectives are achieved in those counties.
The office focuses on enhancing access to justice, promoting institutional reforms especially in the security sector, enhancing the realization of socio-economic rights, and empowering members of the public with knowledge on their human rights and obligations. The office works very closely with key stakeholders like law enforcement officers, Prisons Department, non-governmental and state bodies that work on matters touching on human rights, among others.