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Annual Reports

The Commission’s annual reports are a mirror reflection of its work in a specific year in question, reflecting on the gains and losses financially and also programmatically. They give in depth summaries on individual department performance, the challenges, lessons learnt and a brief forecast of probable activities/interventions for the following year.

These reports help shape and mould the commission’s agenda and working areas to suite the changing human rights needs that differ and that are influenced by such activities such as elections, constitutional and other important reviews that may affect the daily enjoyment of human rights by all.


During the period, we worked incollaboration with other Institutions and Offices to promote the implementation of the Constitution of Kenya so as to contribute to the improvement in the standard and quality of life of the people of Kenya. Effective public participation is key to the promotion of human rights, it is for this reason that we continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and hold the state to account with regard to fulfilment of the Constitutionally guaranteed rights.  Download Report



This Annual Report is the first under the fourth Strategic Plan 2015-2018 which was launched on the 30th of June 2015. The strategic Plan followed the review of the third strategic plan (2013-2018). The review was necessitated by changes in external and internal factors within which the commission operates. Download Report



A number of human rights issues had engulfed the country at the time the new team was assuming office. These were insecurity, high cost of living that disproportionately burdens the low income population, constricted space for civil society, highly politicized environment and an increasingly cynical population. Download Report



The Commission enjoys the distinct recognition in the Constitution as the protector of the Sovereignty of the people and is charged with the dual responsibility of ensuring that all state organs observe democratic values and principles as well as promote constitutionalism To enable it fulfill its mandate, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Act, 2011 requires that the Commission be constituted through the appointments of a Chairperson and four members and that it is adequately resourced. On both fronts the state has not honored its obligation to the Commission. Since November 2012 a single Commissioner has served in the commission and whose term came to an end in January 2014. Download Report


Strengthening of the Public Complaints Referral Mechanisms (IPCRM), monitoring of the TJRC hearings, engagements with the ICC Proceedings,Reduction of Human Rights Violations by State Agencies through Institutional Reforms and advocacy for enhanced respect for Human Rights standards by Traditional Justice Systems epitomized this period under review. Download Report


Annual_report 2010ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2010/2011

The period 2010/ 2011 represents a defining moment in Kenya’s democratic history. It is during this period that the Proposed Constitution was overwhelmingly adopted by a majority of Kenyan voters (66.9%) and promulgated on 27th  August 2010. The Constitution makes a distinct departure from the previous constitutional order by investing in institutions and structures that set the stage for an enhanced democratic culture. Governance is brought closer to the citizens through a detailed devolution structure that seeks to ensure that wananchi play a more active role in matters relating to governance and the exercise of political power. Download Report

Annual_report 2009ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2009/2010

The period under review was a momentous year for the country in general and for the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in particular. This is the year in which a draft Constitution that would consolidate long-term reforms and move the country towards a human rights state was published. The draft Constitution was overwhelmingly passed by Kenyans at the Constitutional Referendum on 4th  August 2010 and was promulgated on 27th  August 2010. The new Constitution entrenches the human rights commission as a constitutional commission, with an expanded mandate. It has also expanded the Bill of Rights to include economic, social and cultural rights and explicitly recognizes minority and vulnerable groups. Download Report

Annual_report 2008ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2008/2009

In the period 2008/2009, the country was recovering from the events of the post election violence. The enactment of the National Accord and Reconciliation Act in 2008 provided for a wide range of reforms including Constitutional, Electoral, Institutional, Land and other reforms that would address the root causes of the conflict and prevent the resurgence of violence. 

During this financial year, the Commission focused on monitoring and advocating for implementation of Agenda 4 reforms of the National Accord. Download Report


The period between July 2007 and June 2008 saw the country undergo one of the most hotly contested General Elections in Kenya’s history with the main contestants being the ncumbent, PNU’s Mwai Kibaki and ODM’s Raila Odinga. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR, referred to in this report as the Commission) monitored the election campaigns and found them highly ethnicized with various cases of hate speech, incitement to violence and ethnic hatred, including through the media. This finding caused the Commission to draft and propose the enactment of a Prohibition of Hate Speech and Incitement to Ethnic Hatred Bill. Download Report