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CALL FOR INTERNSHIP

POSITION OF PROGRAMMES INTERNS (3)

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders–Kenya (NCHRD-K) is a national organization incorporated in the Republic of Kenya as a Trust. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders (HRDs) to work effectively in the country and to reduce their vulnerability to the risk of persecution, through protection, capacity building, and advocacy for a favourable legal and policy environment. Established in 2007, NCHRD-K is the only national organisation that works primarily for the protection of HRDs.

To compliment the work of the three programmes within the organisation, the NCHRD-K seeks to recruit suitable candidates for the position of Programmes Intern. Reporting to the Programmes Officer assigned, the Programmes Intern will be responsible for:

  1. Actively participating in the implementation of the NCHRD-K activities under the direction and supervision of the Programme Officers.
  2. Conducting research in the various NCHRD-K’s programme areas
  3. Assisting in logistical planning for meetings and trainings
  4. Assisting in communication of the NCHRD-K to partners via various platforms
  5. Representing NCHRD-K in meetings and partner activities
  6. Preparing timely reports as per stated guidelines
  7. Monitoring and documenting cases or incidences of violations of human rights

    defenders.

  8. Undertake case assessments for clients under the Protection Programme
  9. Assisting in administrative functions as will be assigned
  10. Participating in fundraising efforts together with programme staff. 11.Any other relevant duty as may be assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications:

  •   Hold a Bachelor’s degree in relevant Social Sciences from a recognized University
  •   Demonstrate commitment to and interest in human rights and human rights defenders issues/work.
  •   High analytical skills and ability to conduct research
  •   Demonstrate understanding of national, regional and international framework

    for the protection of HRDs

  •   Demonstrated knowledge and experience in designing and executing communication interventions on governance and human rights issues
  •   Hands on experience in IT skills including working with website updates and social media
  •   Ability to draft documents including reports, policy briefs, concept notes
  •   Excellent communication and organizational skills: verbal, writing and

    presentation skills;

    The Applicant should possess the following attributes:

  •   Strong attention to detail
  •   Proactive problem-solving skills
  •   Self-motivationand ability to work independently, in a team and under

    pressure

  •   Commitment to diversity
  •   Ability to be a team player

    Duration of internship:

    The engagement shall be for a period of three (3) months with possibility of extension.

    Remuneration:

    NCHRD-K will provide a stipend for the duration of the internship.

    Application deadline:

    The application deadline is 30th April 2018

    How to apply:

    If you would like to be considered please email your CV including three (3) contacts of referees and a brief covering letter highlighting your key skills and your availability to info@hrdcoalition.org indicating on the subject line “APPLICATION FOR INTERNSHIP”

    Cover letter should be addressed to:

    The Secretariat
    National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders of Kenya (NCHRD-K) P.O. Box 26309 – 00100 GPO, Nairobi

    Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize call for nominations

The 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize will be given out at the United Nations in New York on Human Right Day, 10 December. Nominations are open until 6 April 2018. This year’s award will coincide with the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The prize to recognize individuals or organization for outstanding achievements in the field of human rights is given out every five years.

It was last awarded in 2013. The winners were Mr. Biram Dah Abeid of Mauritania for his fight against slavery; Ms. Hiljmnijeta Apuk of Kosovo* for her campaign for the rights of people of disproportionately short stature; Ms. Liisa Kauppinen of Finland for her fight for the rights of the deaf; Ms. Khadija Ryadi of Morocco for championing a variety of human rights

causes; the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico for its role in the constitutional protection of the human rights of Mexicans; and Ms. Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan for championing, at considerable risk, girls’ right to education.

The United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights is an honorary award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights. The Prize was established by the General Assembly in 1966 and was awarded for the first time on 10 December 1968, the twentieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Prize has since been awarded in 1973, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

Former UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (right) presents the prize to Liisa Kauppinen at the 2013 award ceremony. © UN Photo

Former UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (right) presents the prize to Liisa Kauppinen at the 2013 award ceremony. © UN Photo

The Prize is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the recipients themselves, but also to send a clear message to human rights defenders the world over that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote all human rights for all.

The Prize is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the recipients themselves, but also to send a clear message to human rights defenders the world over that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote all human rights for all.

How are the winners of the Prize chosen? 

An important feature of the Prize is that nominations can be received from a broad variety of sources: “Member States, specialized agencies and non-governmental organizations in consultative status and from other appropriate sources.”
Once nominations have been received by the UN Human Rights Office, a consolidated list is presented to a committee that selects the winners. The five members of this committee are: the President of the General Assembly; the President of the Economic and Social Council; the President of the Human Rights Council; the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women; and the Chair of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee.

Nominations for the 2018 Prize

The UN Human Rights Office has already sent written requests for nominations to Member States, UN programmes and agencies, non-governmental organizations and the national human rights institutions.

Nominations may be made by submitting the online nomination form with basic identifying information about the nominee and the reasons for making the nomination.

Hard copies can, alternatively, be sent by post to: Human Rights Prize, OHCHR New York Office, Room S-1306, United Nations, New York, NY 10017. A printable form for submitting a nomination by post is available for download here.

The deadline for submission of nominations is 6 April 2018, 23:59 hours Eastern Standard Time.

Celebrating Mama Rahma, women rights defender in Kiamaiko

Rahma Wako, HRD of the Year Award 2016 winner

Mama Rahma has been a gallant Woman Human Rights Defender since 1984. In celebrating the International Women’s Day, she is one of the few women celebrated by the Standard Newspaper. Her journey has ben a successful one in overcoming all the odds especially in her Borana Culture to emerge as the only woman elder in the community. Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001272491/married-off-at-12-mother-now-saves-abused-girls

PRESS STATEMENT CONDEMNING THE KILLING OF EVANS NJOROGE

Presser-Evans

Abandoned 2-year-old boy suffers burns at hands of native healers

Rahma Wako, HRD of the Year Award 2016 winner

See intervention by Rahma Wako. A HRD from Kiamaiko.

Abandoned 2-year-old boy suffers burns at hands of native healers Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001272142/sick-boy-suffers-burns-at-hands-of-native-healers

SOLIDARITY STATEMENT

“Closing Space for Civil Society and Media in East Africa: Forging a Collaborative Response”

23 February 2018 (Nairobi, Kenya)

We, more than 60 civil society organisation and media representatives from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda working on human rights, democratic development, transparency, digital media, women and youth empowerment, legal aid, litigation and other issues of public interest are gathered in Nairobi to express our firm resolve to stand together in solidarity as civil society and media.

We will remain vigilant against threats to civic space. We commit to collaborate and provide support to each other through individual and joint efforts at the national and regional levels to combat shrinking space.

We note with concern a trend of closing civic space in the three East African countries characterized by increasing impunity. This has been evidenced by repressive tactics perpetrated by state and non-state actors, including among others:

  • Intimidation of and reprisals against journalists and activists through smear campaigns, arrests, detention and disappearances;
  • Enactment of restrictive laws and policies;
  • Disregard for the rule of law such as the continued failure in Kenya to operationalize the PBO Act despite several court orders;
  • Constraining financing of civil society organisations and media;
  • Curtailment of civil society’s and media’s freedom of movement and ability to freely operate especially in electoral contexts;
  • Restrictions on access to information through banning of newspapers and shutting down of media outlets and civil society organisations as has happened in Tanzania;
  • Surveillance of activists and journalists in physical and digital spaces;
  • Criminalization of dissent;
  • Use of excessive force to disperse peaceful protests and demonstrations;
  • intimidation of the judiciary and other governance and oversight institutions that should be independent; and
  • Harassment of civil society organisations by raids, break-ins, confiscation of documents and equipment as has been experienced in Uganda.

We are cognizant that shrinking civic space is not unique to the region but is contextualised by the decline in democratic ideals globally. Governments seem to adopt repressive tactics from each other and use similar justifications to shrink civic space including national security prerogatives and promotion of accountability within the media and civil society sectors.

Further, as civic space advocates, we note that a repressed civic environment adversely affects not only civil society organisations, the media and ultimately other sectors, but also the ordinary citizen, and leads to cultural, economic, political and social decline of a society.

As a coalition, we have identified areas in which joint interventions are necessary and have developed regional strategies and interventions to maintain and claim civic space. We resolve:

  • To take joint actions to build mutual understanding and ongoing dialogue between media and civil society;
  • To engage in regional advocacy;
  • To strengthen protective mechanisms, including litigation and legal aid;
  • To develop innovative funding and revenue streams;
  • To increase the use and protection of digital space;
  • To enhance civil society and media accountability internally and within the political context;
  • To work towards redefining narratives and public perceptions of the sector; and
  • To mobilize academia in order to leverage knowledge and research outputs.

At the national level, we identified several initiatives to enhance civil society organisations and media cooperation including establishing ongoing dialogue platforms, developing joint capacity building initiatives, building trust, addressing mutual security concerns online and offline, and mitigating risks.

We will engage with other actors including academia, professional associations, young people, and state institutions, to cultivate a broader understanding and appreciation of the role of civil society and media in a democratic society.

We pledge to continue collaborating towards ensuring a safe and enabling space for civil society and media in East Africa.

#CivicSpaceEastAfrica

Download the statement here: http://nchrdk.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/SOLIDARITY-STATEMENT-East-Africa-Regional-CSO-Media-Workshop-23-Feb-2018.pdf

[The civil society and media leaders were convened for a two- day strategic workshop hosted by the Civil Society Reference Group, a Kenyan coalition whose role is to protect and enhance an independent and effective civil society voice and agency for public benefit, and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), a US-based organisation that has provided technical expertise on laws that govern civil society in over 100 countries worldwide and more than 20 in Africa.]

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