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KNCHR and Human Rights Defenders work (HRD’s)

Human rights defenders (HRDs) play a key role in the protection of human rights in democratic societies. From their name, they defend rights because in a society polarized by either individual or collective interests, there are those who will often feel oppressed or sidelined from societal participation yet have no voice. The defenders voice is safe refuge.As a national Human Rights Institution, KNCHR then speaks for ‘mwananchi’ through engaging different players in the field of human rights from government, private sector, non - governmental institutions to ensure adherence to set human rights standard and principles.

Human Rights Defenders
A human rights defender is a champion of rights. It is you through your daily acts of service, standing for the respect of guaranteed provisions in the constitution and other laws. You also become a human rights defender when you respect the rights of others as you demand for yours to be respected. HRDs are defined as those individuals, groups and organs of society that promote and protect universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms. They seek the promotion of civil and political rights as well as the promotion, protection and realization of economic, social and cultural rights. 
He or she is; You, the Citizen, A doctor and other medical practitioners Police and other security agents. She/he is media practitioner, a Lawyer and other judiciary employees. He/She is a president and all other elected leaders’, Religious leaders, Students, Pupils, Children…The list is endless. Everyone has the capacity to be a human rights defender.
The rights that defenders seek to protect and promote include the right to life, right to food, Right to, right to the highest attainable standard of health, right to adequate housing, right to a name and a nationality, right to education, freedom of movement, freedom from non-discrimination among others. The majority of human rights defenders’ work at the local or national level, supporting respect for human rights within their own communities and within the Country.
Activity Videos

BUSIA HRD Documentary

LAUNCH OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER EU REPORT

LAUNCH OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER EU REPORT

Mathare Human Rights Defenders Clinic

Mathare Human Rights Defenders Clinic

vetting of the National police service

Members of the public carefully follow a presentation on the vetting of the National police service

HRDs in a community session in Kwale

HRDs in a community session in Kwale

HRDs during the exposure visit

HRDs during the exposure visit on a training session on documenting Human Rights Violations

Kiscol clients listening attentively to Court Proceedings

Kiscol clients listening attentively to Court Proceedings

Section of the HRDS listening attentivley  during the Exposure Visit in Busia

Section of the HRDS listening attentivley  during the Exposure Visit in Busia

KNCHR Vice Chair Commissioner George Morara addressing the stakeholders meeting on vetting of the members of National Police service

KNCHR Vice Chair Commissioner George Morara addressing the stakeholders meeting on vetting of the members of National Police service

Strategies And Activities
HRD News

Public inquiry on insecurity and its impact on the enjoyment of fundamental human rights in the North Rift Region of Kenya

  • 20 June 2018
  • Author: Cyrus Maweu
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Public inquiry on insecurity and its impact on the enjoyment of fundamental human rights in the North Rift Region of Kenya

Empowerment of Human Rights Defenders bears fruits

As HRDs they made a powerful statement to everyone.

  • 30 March 2016
  • Author: Lynester Mureu
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Empowerment of Human Rights Defenders bears fruits

On 27th January 2016, Msambweni Human Rights Defenders made a dramatic citizen arrest of an old man who was reported to have allegedly defiled a 13 year old standard 3 school girl in a sleepy Fihoni Village, Msambweni sub- county  in Kwale County.

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