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THE OBSERVATORY – PRESS RELEASE

Publication of an International fact-finding report

Poster inviting people for the meeting.

Geneva-Nairobi-Paris, May 3, 2017   – The abduction, torture and killing of renowned Kenyan human rights lawyer Willie Kimani in June 2016 shocked the entire world, provoking a wave of outrage at national and international level. This is only the tip of the iceberg of a widespread pattern of violence and harassment aimed at silencing dissenting voices and perpetuating impunity, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OMCT-FIDH partnership) has concluded after a recently conducted mission.
Kenya, a country that in 2010 voted a very progressive Constitution strengthening the country’s human rights framework in compliance with international standards, has in recent years chosen a different path. Unfortunately, so far the freedoms enshrined in the constitutional Bill of Rights have not been fully incorporated into domestic legislation, and, most importantly, are not upheld or implemented in practice.
To date, the effective implementation of this progressive framework unfortunately remains a mirage and still needs substantial improvement”, declared OMCT Secretary General Gerald Staberock. “With all the right instruments put in place to bring about change, lack of implementation and political will appear to be the main reasons for such disillusionment”.
On the contrary, a report published today by the Observatory accounts for high levels of police and security forces’ violence, especially against human rights defenders involved in the fight against impunity for human rights violations. The mission report compiles several testimonies of incidents of violence, including cases of harassment, threats, torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.
Moreover, human rights defenders are often criminalised on the basis of trumped-up charges, which aim at intimidating them through episodes of frequent arrests, detentions in police stations, long trials and punitive bail and bond terms. This inevitably prevents them from pursuing their legitimate human rights activities.
Adding to this, the lack of a clear legal framework regulating the civil society sector due to the failure to commence implementation of the Public Benefit Organisations (PBO) Act 2013 creates a legal limbo which obliges NGOs to operate in a hostile environment, characterised by the threat of arbitrary de-registration and asset freezes, continuous attacks and smearing campaigns.
In such a context, and ahead of the upcoming general elections, it is urgent that Kenyan authorities publicly recognise the crucial role of human rights defenders as pillars of democracy and watchdogs of the rule of law. They must improve their safety, truly implement the police and security sector reforms, hold perpetrators accountable, acknowledge the misuse of criminal law to harass defenders, and finally commence the PBO Act of 2013”, concluded FIDH President Dimitris Christopoulos.

CALL FOR EXPRESSION ON INTEREST

TECHNICAL CONSULTANT TO DEVELOP A SAFETY AND PROTECTION GUIDE FOR SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY AND EXPRESSION HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

 

WHO WE ARE

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.

 

PURPOSE OF THE CONSULTANCY

The NCHRD-K is seeking the services of a consultant to develop a safety and protection guide for sexual orientation and gender identity and expression human rights defenders.

 

OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY

  1. To create a reference guide for SOGIE HRDs for their individual, information and organisations safety and security
  2. To provide a local context in addressing the security concerns face by SOGIE HRDs in Kenya

 

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CONSULTANT

The consultant will develop a safety and protection guide “The Protection guide for SOGIE HRDs and HRDs working on SOGIE issues in Kenya”

 

The consultant will:

  • Conduct desk review/ review of existing literature, case studies on the subject matter,
  • Prepare and share the inception report of findings at expert round table for input
  • Develop draft guide for safety and protection for SOGIE HRDs that is enriched by experts reviews and proposals by stakeholders at forums
  • Consolidate all input and develop the safety and protection guide for SOGIE HRDs

 

 

APPROACH

The consultant is expected to work directly with NCHRD-K and liaise with any other partners as may be determined by NCHRD-K for any technical and operational support that he/she may require during the consultancy. The Consultant(s) will be supervised by NCHRD-K Secretariat.

 

KEY DELIVERABLES

  1. An inception report
  2. Draft safety and protection guide
  3. A final safety and protection guide.

 

TIME-FRAME

The consultant must be ready to start work immediately upon appointment. The maximum number of days allowable for the consultancy work shall not exceed twenty (20) working days.

 

PROFILE AND EXPERIENCE OF CONSULTANT

Candidates for this consultancy should possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • The consultant or lead consultant must have demonstrated (previous) experience in human rights specifically on issues related to human rights defenders and sexual minorities
  • Proven and demonstrable relevant experience in SOGIE related issues.
  • Proven and demonstrable relevant experience in safety and protection issues
  • Wide knowledge about the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and international and regional legal instruments that protect the rights of human rights defenders and sexual minorities.
  • Demonstrable experience in the publication of materials of similar nature.
  • A minimum qualification of a Degree in law, political science, policy analysis or other related field
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili

 

Application Procedure

Interested consultants must include in their application the following:

  1. Technical Proposal not exceeding 5 pages on:
  • An understanding and interpretation of the TOR
  • Methodology to be used in undertaking the assignment
  • Time and activity schedule

 

  1. Financial proposal not exceeding 1 page
  • Consultant’s daily rate in Kenya Shillings
  • Other costs e.g. travel, accommodation (if applicable)
  • Total cost

 

  1. Organizational and Personnel Capacity Statement
  • Relevant experience related to the assignment (include samples of two most recent similar works and/or references for the same)
  • Contacts of at least 3 organizations previously worked for.
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Consultant(s).

 

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

Interested and qualified consultants should submit their application to advocacy@hrdcoalition.org with the subject “TECHNICAL CONSULTANT APPLICATION” on or before 7th April 2017.

STUDENTS FROM THE BLACK LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL MEET WITH NCHRD-K STAFF.

Students from the Black Law Student Association of Harvard Law School meet with NCHRD-K staff as part of their African Annual Summit to learn more about NCHRD-K work and share experiences.

Students from the Black Law Student Association of Harvard Law School take a group photo  with NCHRD-K staff.

 

SALOME, NCHRD-K, ANSWERING QUESTIONS

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HUMAN RIGHTS STATE OF THE NATION STATEMENT 2017

STATEMENT BY KENYA NATIONAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS CHAIRPERSON

Your Excellency, The President of the Republic of Kenya;
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights makes this address on the basis of its constitutional mandate as prescribed under Article 59 and within the general functions and powers under Article 252; and the statutory reporting obligations pursuant to the KNCHR Constitutive Act of 2011 (Revised 2012); with the specific mandate to promote a culture of human rights in Kenya.
The Commission’s broad mandate is to enhance the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms for everyone in Kenya. The Commission plays both a watchdog and advisory role with a vision of a society that upholds human rights for all. It monitors Government and private institutions, carries investigations on alleged human rights violations, and in appropriate cases, provides redress to those whose rights have been violated.
Its operations are guided by the United Nation’s approved principles on establishment and functioning of independent national human rights institutions otherwise referred to as the Paris Principles.

 

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CHAIRPERSON STATE OF THE NATION STATEMENT 2017

ELECTION MONITORS TRAINING

As the country gets into 2017 General Elections scheduled to take place on 8th August 2017, the human rights community is keen to play a critical role in ensuring the elections credible, free and peaceful and that the outcome represent the aspiration of people living in a democratic state.

IEBC's Linus Onyango giving his remarks

IEBC’s Linus Onyango giving his remarks

The traditional contribution of Human Rights Defenders in such a process is to ensure that citizens are sufficiently sensitized to play their civic duty to elect their leaders, monitor the election process ensure it meets international standards and document malpractices and human rights violations to facilitate timely intervention and hold violators to account. This role is more critical in Kenya where elections are hotly contested, often violently resulting in massive human rights violations. During such periods, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) who empower citizens to elect leaders that drive their aspirations become target for threats, personal injury, loss or damage of their equipment or their work is inhibited by restrictive laws, policies and practices. Despite the risks, HRDs remain committed to advance human rights, respect for laws and citizen rights freely choose their leaders without inhibition.

Group photo

Group photo

Conscious of the critical role of HRDs in the election process and risks that they face when they work to promote and protect human rights, the NCHRD-K has established a support project for human rights defenders that will monitors human rights situation and situation of HRDs during the 2017 Elections. The role of the NCHRD-K in the context of elections would be to document human rights violations, including by identifying local and national trends and patterns of violations and abuses to HRDs, and taking preventive or corrective measures on specific human rights issues through advocacy partnerships during the electoral process.

NCHRD-K plans to not deploy human rights monitors in different parts of the country, especially in areas where there has been a history of violence to document human rights violations and violations of rights HRDs violations but also offer monitors critical skills to manage their personal and information safety as well as skills in quality monitoring and documentation of violation.

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