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Occasional Reports

Taskforce On Improvement Of Government Information And Public Communications Function To Align Them With Emerging Public Sector Dynamics And Expectation

The freedoms of expression and Access to Information are fundamental as individual human rights, as much as cornerstones of democracy and as means of ensuring respect for other human rights.  Enjoyment of other rights such a participation in governance, freedom of association and openness, transparency and accountability in the delivery of public services are corollary to securing the right of access to information.The right to information is recognized by regional and international instruments. All the treaties ratified by Kenya form part of the laws of Kenya under Article 2(6)) of the Constitution of Kenya. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) provides that: ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas trough any media and regardless of frontiers’. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) similarly provides that, “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”. Download Report


Gender Audit of the Situation of WHRD 2017

The aim of this research study is to quantify the scale and types of violence against WHRDs and their families, communities and organizations, as well as to describe the characteristics of these attacks, including potential gender dimensions and on a larger scale so as to inform national intervention policies and programmes. Download Report



 


pdf iconKNCHR ADVISORY BRIEF ON THE ELECTION OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2017
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) submits this advisory brief pursuant to its constitutional function under Article 59(d) which mandates the Commission to monitor investigate and report on the observance of the human rights in all spheres of life in the Republic including protecting constitutionalism. The KNCHR is committed to the furtherance of the national values and principles articulated under Article 10 of the Constitution. KNCHR is of the view that a credible election process is key to safeguarding democratic gains. KNCHR therefore has been involved in ensuring that electoral reforms are in consonance with democratic and governance ideals enumerated in the constitution. The Constitution emphasizes that public resources must always be used only for the public good. Download Report

 


State of Security in KenyaA COUNTRY UNDER SIEGE:THE STATE OF SECURITY IN KENYA-AN OCCASIONAL REPORT (2010 – 2014)

This is an occasional report of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights on the State of Security in Kenya since the promulgation of the Constitution (2010 – 2014). The report looks at the extent to which the changes witnessed in the Security Sector have directly translated to the protection and promotion of human rights in Kenya and the necessary actions that ought to be taken by the duty bearers in guaranteeing the rights of Kenya within the framework of the law. Download Report


pdf iconMAKING THE BILL OF RIGHTS OPERATIONAL : POLICY, LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PRIORITIES AND CONSIDERATIONS
The coming into effect of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 is only a beginning of the process of change that Kenyans voted for. Real and
meaningful change will happen only when the letter and spirit of the Constitution is effected. In this occasional report, the Commission seeks to provide policy makers and policy implementers with practical ideas on how to utilise the Bill of Rights while undertaking their executive, legislative or judicial functions under the Constitution.
The report has been compiled following a study of the conceptual and practical uses of Bills of Rights around the world. Specific themes in Kenya’s Bill of Rights have been reviewed alongside comparable experiences from other jurisdictions. Download Report


OBJECTS OF PITY OR INDIVIDUALS WITH RIGHTS: THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

This report is prepared with the core aim of advising the Government, including the President and Legislature, on policy, legislative and administrative reforms needed to enhance the right to education for persons with disabilities. This study was undertaken following complaints brought to the Commission alleging violation of the right to education of children with disabilities.
These allegations presented themselves in terms of denial of admission or expulsion from regular schools on the basis of disability as well as the failure of the Government to fund some special schools. After undertaking initial investigations into the complaints, the National Commission decided to undertake wider research in order to establish the systemic nature of the problems confronting education for children with disabilities. Download Report