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.
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2020/2021
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2018/2019
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2017/2018
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2016/2017
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2015/2016
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2014/2015
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2013/2014
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2012/2013
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
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2011/2012
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 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 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 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
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2007/2008
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