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.