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Implementing Article 12 of the CRPD Legal Capacity

This is a research paper that details the situation of the right to legal capacity in Kenya and how it is currently being implemented and interpreted at institutional level. This paper builds up on the a previous briefing paper on legal capacity. It seeks to fill the gaps left by including the voices of rural persons with disabilities, professionals, service providers and care givers. 

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Briefing Paper:How To Implement Article 12 Of Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities Regarding Legal Capacity In Kenya.

Article 12 of the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) reaffirms that every person with disability has a right to equal recognition everywhere as persons before the law and further stipulates that States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities on equal basis with others are able to enjoy their legal capacity. In an attempt to unfold this Article and its interrelation to enjoyment of all other rights, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in May 2012 held a brainstorming workshop with Disabled Persons Organization (DPO’s), persons with disabilities, state actors and non-state actors in which it was resolved that a research be conducted to assess enjoyment of legal capacity by persons with disabilities in Kenya and come up with a briefing paper as a guideline on how to implement Article 12 of the CRPD in Kenya.
In June 2013, the Briefing Paper was finalized and subjected to a stakeholder’s validation workshop. The paper provides basic information on the meaning and practice of legal capacity, identifies gaps and opportunities with regard to the right to legal capacity, and establishes a framework which may be used to prepare policy, law and administrative procedures for implementing Article 12 of the CRPD

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Status on the impact of unpaid work on women’s human rights in Kenya

The report is designed to capture the impact of unpaid work on the rights of women in Kenya from a right to equality and non discrimination perspective. Briefly, the report begins by highlighting the status of unpaid work by women in the country. It then proceeds to appraise the legislative, policy and programmatic measures taken by State or other actors on unpaid work before critically analyzing   the impact of unpaid work on women’s human rights. The report concludes by offering substantive and practical recommendations on advancing women’s right to quality and non discrimination.


Despair of hope reportFrom Despair to Hope: Womens right's to own and inherit property

The right to own and inherit property is a crosscutting right that traverses the realm of civil,political, economic, social and cultural rights. This right is central to the true empowerment of everyone in society (men, women, boys and girls) and is a key developmental right. It is the common right to all societies and cultures. It is a right cherished by all members of the community in all cultures, as it not only identifies them but also determines their well being. It is central to securing the dignity of all members of the society.

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Mau evictions reportNowhere to go Forced;Evictions in Mau Forest

Between 2004 and 2006, a massive programme of evictions has been carried out in forest areas of Kenya. Houses, schools and health centres have been destroyed, and many have been rendered homeless. Estimates indicate that in six forests alone, more than a hundred thousand persons were forcibly evicted between July 2004 and June 2006.
Evictions in a number of forest areas are reportedly continuing and humanitarian groups are expressing growing concerns about the ongoing increase in internally displaced persons from forest areas in Kenya.The Government of Kenya has indicated that evictions in forest areas will continue.

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