The objective of the theme for the 2016 International Human Rights Day “Stand up for someone’s rights today” is to issue a call to people from the world over to step forward for rights and to commit through their actions to the defense of human rights.
NCHRD-K in partnership with the Working Group on Human Rights Defenders recognize the critical role of HRDs in promotion and protection of human rights in Kenya through the inaugural HRD award ceremony held on 9 December 2016.
An independent and vibrant civil society is beneficial to the development of a society that would thrive on values and principles as intended within the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (Article 10). Human rights
defenders, in their critical role in complementing the government in promotion and protection of accountability, transparency, good governance, public participation and respect for human rights, are faced with numerous challenges. These include surveillance, vilification, arbitrary arrests, malicious prosecutions, torture, threats to their life and livelihoods, thus limiting their operating environment. Despite these challenges, HRDs continue to show resilience in their work towards the realisation of human rights in Kenya.
An independent and vibrant civil society is beneficial to the development of a society that would thrive on the values and principles as intended within the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (Article 10); accountability, transparency, good governance and public participation. Human rights defenders play a critical role in complementing the government in promoting and protecting these values along with respect for human rights. However, in the course of their work, HRDs are faced with numerous challenges; surveillance, vilification, arbitrary arrests, malicious prosecutions, torture, threats to their life and livelihoods, thus limiting their operating environment. Despite these challenges, HRDs continue to show resilience in their work towards the realisation of human rights in Kenya.
It is on this premise 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 endeavour to publicly recognise the work of HRDs in Kenya through a HRD award ceremony to take place on 10th December – International Human Rights Day- when we commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) (1948) by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The 2016 Award ceremony willa be hosted by His Excellency the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kenya.
The objectives of this award is to:
The following will be taken into consideration:
Two awards will be presented to the overall winner, HRD of the year and an upcoming HRD.
The overall winner will receive:
The Upcoming HRD will receive:
The NCHRD-K therefore calls for nominations for the inaugural Human Rights Defenders Award 2016. Nominations are open until October 14 2016 at 12.00 pm.
Download the nomination form below.
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