THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AWARDS 2017
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 of this award is to:
The following will be taken into consideration:
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:
HRD award of the year winner will receive:
The Upcoming HRD will receive:
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 email@example.com 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
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
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:
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.
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:
Interested consultants must include in their application the following:
SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL
Interested and qualified consultants should submit their application to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “TECHNICAL CONSULTANT APPLICATION” on or before 7th April 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.
DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT AT:CHAIRPERSON STATE OF THE NATION STATEMENT 2017
NCHRD-K Concerned with criminalization of human rights defense, punitive bail against human rights defenders and whistleblowers
Nairobi, 14 November 2016
Ten persons, including local farmers and activists are languishing in Taveta GK Prison for protesting against illegal land acquisitions and corruption in the county. The ten were arrested on 31 October 2016 and charged in court the following day in Taveta Court in Taita Taveta County of Kenya. They are accused of participating in an unlawful assembly contrary to s. 79 of the penal code. (CR Case No 381/2016).
The ten: Charles Mwanzia; Ramadhan Mathenge Kamosu; Justus Munyao; Fabian Ngure; Julius Kimondio; Frank Mbomani; Ambrose Hemed; Msafiri Mkillo; Julius Masuma; Peter Kithome have been unable to each raise the bond that the Court set at Kshs 300,000 with 2 sureties for each of the accused and are languishing in detention over misdemeanor charges.
Download the Statement here:nchrd-public-statement-on-taveta-10
November 29th is a day of recognition for women human rights defenders, and it is a day to commemorate activism, advocacy and courageous acts of resistance. The campaign focuses on defense of rights and the impact of abuses by state and non-state actors (including family and community members), the rise in militarism and fundamentalism’s. They are also targeted due to their own real or perceived sexual orientation and gender or that of individuals who they represent.
It is thus through this initiative that National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya (NCHRD-K) has opted to celebrate and recognize the great work done by the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in Kenya.
“I call on the international community and States to publicly and unequivocally recognize the work of such women human rights defenders, to protect them, and to ensure that perpetrators of violations against those activists are investigated and prosecuted. I recommend the implementation of gender-specific protection measures and programmes for women human rights defenders.” Michael Frost, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of HUman Rights Defenders commemorating the International Day of WHRDs in 2015.
PRESS STATEMENTON THE BREAK-IN INTO THE HOME OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER MR.KHELEF KHALIFA