Culture and human rights

The KNCHR realises that cultural institutions form the first line of governance structure in the lives of many rural communities in Kenya. A majority of families in the country conduct their transactions on issues such as ownership and inheritance of property in accordance with customary law which is one of the recognized sources of law under the Constitution. However, given that the application of customary law sometimes impedes the enjoyment of human rights, the KNCHR works to shape these cultural structures to ones that are compliant to human rights. The KNCHR is working with two such recognized cultural institutions, the Njuri Ncheke and the Luo Council of Elders towards the adoption of human rights friendly practices.