| |
Torture/Extrajudicial Executions & Enforced Disappearance

A Handbook on The National Coroners Service Act, 2017​
A Coroner refers to an official or person whose duty is to investigate the cause of any death occurring due to non-natural causes. The handbook seeks to help citizens understand the function of the National Coroners Service and the National Coroners Council who is the policy making body of the Service, the cases handled and responsibilities of the Coroner General and all coroners at devolved levels to the public and other institutions and finally inform of them of the relevant steps to take in the event they need to access the services of the Coroner General. Download Report

Footprints of Impunity Counting the Cost of Human Rights Violations 2017
This report documents the cost of human rights violations especially where the same were occasioned by acts of impunity, highlights the plight of torture victims as an example of the attitude of impunity by the state to victims of human rights violations, makes recommendations that would attach personal responsibility for public officers who act in contempt of the rule of law and also generates interest for further investigation on the issue of cost of impunity. Download Report


29 DAYS OF TERROR IN THE DELTA:KNCHR Account Into The Atrocities at Tana Delta

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, in pursuant to powers vested upon it under the KNCHR Act, undertook investigations on a suo moto basis, into the conflict experienced in Tana Delta. On 23rd August – 1st September 2012, a team was deployed to the region to conduct fact-finding in Tana River and Kilifi. Subsequently, an investigative team was deployed in the region between 20th – 30th September 2012. Download Report



The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has worked with the residents of Mt. Elgon in trying to solve the issues surrounding the allocation of the contentious phase three settlement scheme in the region which has resulted in torture and even deaths of so many people. The Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF) was formed as an armed guerilla militia in 2005 to resist government attempts to evict squatters in the Chebyuk area of Mt. Elgon district. 

It has since been accused of killing more than 600 people, terrorizing the local population through physical assaults and threats and committing a variety of atrocities including murder, torture, rape, and the theft and destruction of property. It is estimated that more than 66,000 people have been displaced in an 18 month period. Download Report

The Cry of Blood: Report On The Extra-Judicial Killings And Disappearances

This is a report on the findings of the investigations into the alleged executions and disappearances of persons by the police reported to the Commission from 2007 up to 2008.The report acknowledges the illegality of the atrocities attributed to the Mungiki and other gangs however it also condemns the use of extra-judicial killings and other methods by the Police in dealing with such groups as they amount to gross violation of human rights. Some of the findings drawn include the fact that the alleged acts are sanctioned by political leadership, the police commissioner and top police commanders and that the disappearances and killings heightened after issuance of public statement by top government officials suggesting that the gangs be dealt with ruthlessly.  The recommendations made include: an inquiry into the role police officers implicated of the said violations; enactment of legislation delinking the investigative function of the police from that of prosecution and that the government takes responsibility and prevents further violations. The report also contains the details of the alleged disappearances and extra-judicial killings, the intervention by KNCHR and the impact of said interventions. Download Report


The Error of Fighting Terror with Terror

This is a report of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) continuous monitoring of human rights violations by security agencies in the ongoing crackdown on terrorism by the Kenya government. In conducting this exercise, the Commission is guided by Article 238(2) b of the Constitution which provides that “national security shall be pursued in compliance with the law and with the utmost respect for the rule of law, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Download Report


The Wagalla Massacre : journey and Milestones since 2007

In the County of Wajir Inthe expansive region of Northern Kenya the descedants of the Degodia clan have diarized the 10th of Feruary to 14th of February In their minds as that day when grown men were rounded up and taken to the Wagalla Airstrip .Most of the  men are yet  to  return  to their families. Download Report