Legal, policy, and administrative reform

The Constitution 2010 creates a new legal framework through which the country is to be governed by creating new institutions and restructuring existing ones. Furthermore, the newly created Bill of Rights represents a real step towards changing the protection of human rights by expanding the scope of political and civil rights and introducing economic, social and group rights while extending the responsibility for human rights to private actors.

These changes in the supreme law have necessitated the need to review many of the country’s laws. In the exercise of its mandate to promote the respect for human rights, the KNCHR reviews existing and proposed legislation and policies to ensure conformity with the Constitution and international human rights principles and standards applicable to Kenya. KNCHR reviews laws, policies and administrative actions that have the greatest impact on the enjoyment of human rights and advises government policy makers accordingly.