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International Obligations

This is a compilation of reports as submitted by the State, KNCHR(National Human Rights Institution), and NGOs to the Committee on Child Rights. These reports formed the basis by which Kenya was reviewed on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the committee.  It also includes recommendations made to Kenya by the Committee.


This is a compilation of reports as submitted by the State, KNCHR(National Human Rights Institution), and NGOs to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. These reports formed the basis by which Kenya was reviewed on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESRC) by the committee.  It also includes recommendations made to Kenya by the Committee.


This is a compilation of reports as submitted by the State, KNCHR(National Human Rights Institution), and NGOs to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. These reports formed the basis by which Kenya was reviewed on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the Committee.  It also includes recommendations made to Kenya by the Committee.


PDF ICONUNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW: Accounting For Human Rights Protection Under The UPR: The Difference Kenya’s Stakeholders Made
This publication gives an account of Kenya’s stakeholders experience in the UPR process. National Human Rights Institutions and Civil Society organizations can learn
from the experience of Kenya’s stakeholders, particularly the advocacy strategies which the stakeholders employed to get their concerns addressed during the review
of Kenya.
Acknowledging that the UPR is about progressing, promoting and protecting human rights on the ground, the stakeholders are currently involved in the follow-up stage to ensure the actual implementation of the recommendations accepted by the state. It is our hope that the UPR process will result in meaningful change and help the country to strengthen its system of human rights protection.

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UPR_Annual_progress reportUNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW: An Assesment by Stakeholders of Government’s performance in implementation of UPR Recommendations
This report contains an assessment of the Government of Kenya’s performance in implementing recommendations made to it during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This assessment has been undertaken against the backdrop of the key expectations of the Kenya Stakeholders Coalition for the UPR (KSC-UPR) as outlined in the Outcomes Charter which was launched in February 2011 and shared with the Government.
The KSC-UPR comprises human rights organizations as well as Kenya’s national human rights institution, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR). The assessment follows the thematic areas around which the UPR recommendations were made. These areas are: 1) access to Justice, 2) transitional Justice, 3) protection of human rights defenders and witnesses, 4) freedom of expression and access to information, 5) the death penalty, 6) torture and illtreatment, 7) children’s rights, 8) women’s rights, 9) the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples, 10) sexual orientation and gender identity, 11) the rights of persons with disabilities, 12) citizenship, 13) economic and social rights , and 14) ratification of international instruments.

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pdf iconUNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW: UN Human Rights Council - Kenya’s Human Rights Balance Sheet
This Charter has been prepared by the Kenya Stakeholders Coalition for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)1 to highlight the key human rights concerns in Kenya for purposes of the UPR process. It uses information prepared by the stakeholders1, the Kenyan State and international Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures mechanisms as a foundational basis upon which suggestions are made for ensuring, protecting and promoting the human rights of people in Kenya. This Charter may be used for advocacy purposes by Stakeholders.
It may also be a reference point for States and other actors who wish to engage the Kenyan State on pertinent human rights issues. The Charter also includes proposals and recommendations which Stakeholders hope the Government of Kenya will commit to implement towards better realization of human rights in the country. Finally, this Charter may be a baseline for all concerned in their interaction with future cycles of the UPR.


Universal Periodic Review 2012: An Assesment By Stakeholders Of Government Performance In Implementation of UPR Recommendations

This report has been prepared by the Kenya Stakeholder’s Coalition for the UPR (KSC-UPR) to provide an assessment of the State’s performance in implementing the UPR recommendations.The importance of this report is that it assesses the State at the mid-term point, with only two years left before the second review. At this point therefore, the Stakeholder’s expectations were that implementation of the over 150 recommendations accepted by the State would have at least reached the 50% mark. The assessment however reveals that this is not the case and overall implementation remains at the below average mark

The review of Kenya under the UPR took place at the same time that the country was undergoing a constitutional review process. Understandably, the focus subsequently shifted to implementation of the constitution and many people thought that this implementation would be the panacea for realization of many of the UPR recommendations.

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