The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is an autonomous national Human rights institution established under article 59 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 with the core mandate of furthering the promotion and protection of human rights in Kenya. It is a successor to the body of the same name established by an earlier Act of Parliament in 2002, that later became operational in July 2003.
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KNCHR Vice Chair (front left) leads a KNCHR delegation to a courtesy call on Lamu County Commissioner Mr. J. Kanyiri.

Members of the public during hearing sessions in Mpeketoni.

KNCHR Chair (centre) and Lamu Governor H.E Issa Timamy address the press outside his office during a courtesy call

A witness takes the oath before testifying at the Garsen public hearing sessions

Opening ceremony of the Lamu Public inquiry sessions

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Boundary demarcation of grazing and farming land along the Tana River a solution to lasting peace- 27th November 2016

The search for grazing land and the availability of almost ripe farm harvest continue to be a great source of conflict along the Tana Delta.The situation is further aggravated by the looming drought that has dried seasonal rivers and wells along the Delta belt and communities are now forced to move in search of food and pasture.Wilson Balesa, a retired teacher narrated his ordeal that now causes him sleepless nights following an invasion in his farm in July 2016 that left him without a source of living.     Read More

Insecurity in Lamu County Affects All Facets of Community Livelihood  - 8th November 2016

During the second day of the public inquiry hearings being undertaken by KNCHR to look into the impact of insecurity on human rights and enjoyment of freedoms, it was evidently clear that the drug menace is ruining the lives of local youths in the County. KNCHR Chairperson Ms Kagwiria Mbogori was categorical from the onset of the hearings in Lamu that “as we deal with the insecurity situation in the Coast region, we must all address the drug abuse that is rampant here in Lamu” she said. The inquiry panel was informed that security and law enforcement agents are allegedly culpable of being peddlers of the drugs and other illegal substances in the County. Read More

KNCHR in Lamu County for the Ongoing Public Inquiry on Insecurity - 7th November 2016

The Commission is in Lamu County to conduct Public Inquiry on Insecurity and its impact on the enjoyment of Human Rights in Kenya. The public hearings are taking place at the Lamu Fort for two days and thereafter the inquiry team will head to Mpeketoni on Thursday 10th November and Friday11th November this week for continuation of the public sessions. KNCHR Chairperson commended the county government of Lamu for providing free treatment to the torture victims. While admitting that he has equally been a victim of human rights violation, the Lamu County Governor, Hon. Issa Timamy said that human rights issues should not be politicized. Read More

Report on the Status of HRDs in Conflict with the Law - 4th November 2016

Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) are often subjected to arbitrary arrests and detentions, death threats, harassment and defamation, restrictions on their freedoms of movement, expression, association and assembly among many other violations of human rights. This has an effect on their critical role of defending, promoting and protecting human rights. In light of this, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) embarked on a monitoring and inspection exercise in places of detention to establish the situation of HRDS when in conflict with the law.  Read More

Administration Officers Blamed for Insecurity in Kwale County - 29th October 2016

The public inquiry on insecurity in Kwale County heard from witnesses that Chiefs and their Assistants have become an impediment to peace and security in the various sub counties. The administrators were accused of intimidating and threatening the locals. Specific cases were cited in Mwaroni village, in Bongo sub location in Diani. Read More ..

Human Rights

What are human rights
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. Read more
An ACT of Parliament to restructure the Kenya National Human Rights and Equality Commission and to establish the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Article 59(4) Read more
Exercising your human rights
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in from birth until death. A majority of these rights and provisions are stipulated in laws and legal provisions of Read more
Our admissibility criteria
The Complaints & Investigations department receives and investigates complaints from the public. The following are frequently asked questions on the type of complaints filed. Read more
Current human rights debates
In this page you can read more about current human rights debates. Issues to do with extra judicial killings, police reforms, refugees , internal displacements , and many other topical issues.
Inquiries and investigations
In this page you will find details of the investigations and inquiries done by the Commission to ensure people and organisations meet their legal and moral responsibilities under human rights legislation. Read more


Baringo Security Inquiry
KNCHR is mandated by Section 8 of the KNCHR Act of 2011 to monitor, investigate and report on the observance of human rights in all spheres of life in the Republic of Kenya and on its own initiative or on the basis of complaints, investigate or research a matter in respect of human rights, and make recommendations to improve the functioning of State organs. Read More
Soweto housing project
Twelve years ago, the Government embarked on a project that would enhance the enjoyment of the right to affordable and accessible housing through the Kibera Soweto slum upgrading project. The initiative, housed under the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development aimed at constructing low cost housing for slum dweller to improve their living standards. Read More
Human rights and extractives industry
In the last three years, there has been great interest and attention to the oil and gas sector in Kenya; this has been triggered by the oil discovery in Turkana in 2012. This discovery has led to a lot of interest in Turkana county specifically and other exploration areas in general. Though Turkana has majority of the exploration blocks, there is intensive exploration elsewhere in the country with some of it being offshore. Read More
Elections and Human Rights.
Following the battle of the oranges and bananas, at last Kenya had a new constitution promulgated in 2010. It brought with it a new beginning and new sense of ownership by the people, taking cognizance of Article 1 that gave sovereign power to the citizens. To secure this sovereign power, the CoK entrenched constitutional and independent offices to monitor and safeguard compliance by public and private actors. Read More
National action plan on business and human rights
In Kenya, Key business and human rights concerns revolve around workplace rights, local communities –business relations, human rights and sustainable land use, human rights and sustainable environment and human rights and small- and medium-sized enterprises. Read More