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CALL FOR NOMINATION; HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AWARDS 2017

THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AWARDS 2017

INTRODUCTION

Civic space in Kenya continues to be under pressure with a range of actions employed against the work of Human Rights Defenders and Civil Society organizations in Kenya. Administrative action, legislative restrictions, negative rhetoric and limitation of human rights have undermined the Constitutional and international protections available to them hindering the realization of human rights and especially in the setting of an electoral period during the 2017 elections

It is against this backdrop that the Working Group on Human Rights Defenders in Kenya, that comprise of CSOs and development partners in Kenya, concerned with the protection of human rights defenders hold the 2017 Human Rights Defenders Awards. The HRD awards endeavour to publicly recognise the work of HRDs in Kenya through a HRD award ceremony. This will take place on 29th November 2017 – International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. There will be awards in three categories: The Munir Mazrui Lifetime Achievement Award, the HRD of the year award and the award for young and upcoming HRDs.

THE OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this award is to:

  1. Honour the extra ordinary work of HRDs in the promotion and protection of human rights, profiling the work of HRDs and challenges they face as agents of social change and transformation.
  2. Enhance the safety and protection of all HRDs in Kenya
  3. Recognise and appreciate the human rights work of young and upcoming HRDs in Kenya and support talent.

SELECTION PROCESS

  • Nomination: The Working Group on Human Rights Defenders in Kenya will develop a call for nominations which will be widely circulated by NCHRD-K and other partners. This call will outline the criteria for eligibility for nomination.
  • Shortlisting: A panel will shortlist ten individuals within the set out guidelines for shortlisting candidates.
  • Verification: The panel will then verify the HRDs human rights work through a field visits and interviews with those who work with the HRDs.
  • Judging: The judging panel, which will comprise eminent individuals in the human rights sector, will make a final decision, from the names submitted, who the recipient of the awards will be.
  • Award ceremony: will be held on the 29th November 2017 (International Women HRD Day) and will see the presence of representatives from the missions, CSOs, government, select HRDs and the media who will cover the event.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The following will be taken into consideration:

  • Grassroots based HRD
  • Demonstrable impact of the HRDs human rights work to the community
  • The role of the HRD in promoting human rights
  • ‘Civil courage’ of the HRD in his/her human rights work
  • Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity in his/her human rights work
  • Contribution to development of a human rights based approach within his/her county in regards to the thematic area of focus
  • Future goals and likely impact
  • Degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made
  • Visibility derived from award to enhance work of HRD to promote human rights and active citizenship
  • The HRD should have a link to the community and his/her work should have built or working towards building a movement.
  • The HRD should be a seasoned or upcoming in the human rights field.

AWARD

Three awards will be presented to the overall winners, Munir Mazrui lifetime achievement award, HRD of the year and an upcoming HRD.

Munir Mazrui lifetime achievement award winner will receive:

  • Cash award of $ 1,000
  • A plaque with the HRDs name on it
  • Will be the guest at the HRD award ceremony 2018

HRD award of the year winner will receive:

  • Cash reward of $1,000
  • A plaque with the HRDs name on it
  • Will be the guest at the HRD award ceremony 2018

The Upcoming HRD will receive:

  • Cash reward of $1,000
  • A plaque with the HRDs name on it
  • Will be the guest at the HRD award ceremony 2018

The NCHRD-K therefore calls for nominations for Human Rights Defenders Award 2017.

All nomination forms should be sent back to the NCHRD-K via advocacy@hrdcoalition.org with a clear subject line “HRD AWARD NOMINATION” by 27 October 2017 at 12.00 pm

Download the nomination Form here: HRD AWARDS 2017 NOMINATION FORM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR CONSULTANCY

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

TECHNICAL CONSULTANT TO CARRY OUT A PERCEPTION SURVEY:

IMPACT OF COMMUNICATION SURVEILLANCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN KENYA

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.

BACKGROUND

HRDs play a critical role in the realization of human rights in the world. Consequently, they face reprisals ranging from intimidation, threats, physical assault and even death. Their demand for accountability and transparency from perpetrators of human rights violations, and speaking truth to power puts them at odds with the powerful elite in society who threaten the civic space in which HRDs and civil society organizations operate.

Download the full details of the call here: http://nchrdk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/call-for-consultants.pdf

NCHRD-K CASE DIGEST

Mandates of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders: Address to the Kenyan Government

REFERENCE: OL KEN 10/2017

26 July 2017

Excellency,

We have the honour to address you in our capacities as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 34/18 and 34/5. In this connection, we would like to bring to the attention of your Excellency’s Government information we have received concerning the “Guidelines for Prevention of Dissemination of Undesirable Bulk Political SMS and Social Media Content via Electronic Communications Networks”, issued by the Kenya National Cohesion and Integration Commission and the Communications Authority of Kenya, and which entered into force in July 2017. The guidelines limit freedom of expression on political issues and may produce a direct impact on the work of civil society institutions, journalists and human rights defenders in ways that are incompatible with Kenya’s obligations under international human rights law. According to the information received: General elections in Kenya are scheduled for 8 August 2017. In the period leading up to the elections, significant levels of hate speech and incitement to hatred have been reported, notably through social media. In an effort to regulate this, Kenya National Cohesion and Integration Commission and the Communications Authority of Kenya prepared the “Guidelines for Prevention of Dissemination of Undesirable Bulk Political SMS and Social Media Content via Electronic Communications Networks” (“the guidelines”). A first version was circulated on 21 June 2017, and a final revised version was circulated in July 2017. This communication refers to the final version of the guidelines.

Read more at: OL_KEN_10_2017

 

 

NCHRD-K INTERIM ELECTION MONITORING REPORT (APRIL-JUNE 2017)

NCHRD-K Final Report

 

You can download the whole report at: http://nchrdk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/NCHRD-K-Final-Report.pdf

Code of Conduct for Election Monitors and Observers

Download the booklet here:

CODE-OF-CONDUCT-BOOK-LAYOUT-1

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