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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From L to R: KNCHR Commissioner Shatikha Chivusia,Patrick Lumumba of NPS and KNCHR C.E.O Patricia Nyaundi launching the 2016 police recruitment report at Laico Regency on 6th September 2016.

Witnesses share their testimony in public during the Taita Taveta public inquiry

Branded KNCHR team during the launch of the public inquiry into mining and human rights in Taita Taveta County

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Disservice to the service: Report of the Monitoring of the 2016 Police Recruitment of Police Constables to the National Police Service - 09/06/2016

The Police Recruitment process is guided by several legal norms that include the Constitution Articles 10,27,244,246 , the NPS Act and the NPSC Recruitment and Appointment Regulations. This was not the first time that the KNCHR was doing the monitoring as it had been done in 2014 and 2015. The Advertisement for the Recruitment exercise was placed on 22nd April 2016. The KNCHR sent an advisory to the NPSC and the NPS with the various issues for consideration and a press conference. View More

A briefing paper on implementing Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(CRPD) regarding legal capacity in Kenya - 8/3/2016

KNCHR commissioned a study in Mandera and Taita Taveta Counties to find out the views of persons with disabilities, their caregivers and professionals about the right of persons with disabilities to make decisions. The published report is about legal capacity, which is the ability to hold rights and duties and to exercise them. View More

Peace as an oasis of bountiful harvest - By Lynesther Mureu -  7/12/2016

The terrain is harsh; roads have not been cleared or demarcated and where they once were, rains that have trod the area over the years have forced the few cars that ply those in road to create new paths.  Tarmac is a foreign word, a wonder of the world if it would ever be placed on this part of the country. One drives miles into the bush on uneven road, cutting through rivers in an attempt to reach communities. View 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