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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 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.

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.

 

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT AT:

CHAIRPERSON STATE OF THE NATION STATEMENT 2017

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON TAVETA 10

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:

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CELEBRATING WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN KENYA

Celebrating WHRDs

Celebrating WHRDs in Kenya

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 STATEMENT ON THE BREAK-IN INTO THE HOME OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER MR.KHELEF KHALIFA

PRESS STATEMENTON THE BREAK-IN INTO THE HOME OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER MR.KHELEF KHALIFA

26 October2016

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