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Press Release, Kenya: Last warning from the court to implement the PBO Act 2013 within 30 days

On May 13, 2017, Nairobi High Court judge Mativo ordered the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Joseph Nkaissery, to publish in the Gazette within the next 30 days, the commencement date of the Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) Act 2013[1]. The judge declared that the Kenyan government was clearly in contempt of court over its failure to comply with a similar ruling eight months ago. However, the judge decided to give it a last chance to the government to implement the before taking legal measures.
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PRESS RELEASE: DECISION ENTERED IN FAVOUR OF MS LUCY HANNAN AT THE HIGH COURT, NAIROBI, 04 MAY 2017

PRESS STATEMENT LUCY HANNAN

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.

HRDs Award 2016

HRD award 2016

Download the booklet at: http://nchrdk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/HRD-award-2016.pdf

STATE OF SURVEILLANCE IN KENYA

Introduction

Acknowledgement 

The State of Surveillance in Kenya is the result of an ongoing collaboration by Privacy International and National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders – Kenya.

Right to Privacy

The constitution

Article 31 of the Constitution specifically protects the right to privacy. It states:

“Every person has the right to privacy, which includes the right not to have—

(a) their person, home or property searched;
(b) their possessions seized;
(c) information relating to their family or private affairs unnecessarily required or revealed; or
(d) the privacy of their communications infringed.”

Furthermore, Article 2 of Kenya’s Constitution states that Kenya’s international obligations, such as its commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which include privacy rights, are part of Kenyan domestic law. It states:

“(5) The general rules of international law shall form part of the law of Kenya.

(6) Any treaty or convention ratified by Kenya shall form part of the law of Kenya under this Constitution.”

Regional and international conventions

Kenya is a signatory to or has ratified a number of international conventions with privacy implications, including:

Communication Surveillance

Introduction

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) collects statistics on the communications sector. Mobile penetration was recorded at 83.9% in June 2015, with 36.1 million mobile subscriptions. There were an estimated 29.6 million internet users in Kenya in June 2015, with 69% of the population having access to the internet, according to the CA.

Social media is widely used in Kenya. According to a June 2015 report by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE), social media platforms such as blogs, Twitter and Facebook have “become an effective tool through which Kenyans can write on topics of interest to them as well as exercise their freedom to free speech.”

Popular platforms include Twitter and Facebook. Facebook had 4 million Kenyan users in June 2015. Kenya had over 700,000 confirmed monthly active users on Twitter, the majority of which accessed Twitter on a daily basis.

READ MORE AT: https://www.privacyinternational.org/node/980

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