About Us

About Us

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, including by advocating for a favourable legal and policy environment in Kenya. Established in 2007, NCHRD-K is the only national organisation that works primarily for the protection of HRDs.

NCHRD-K is managed by firmly committed and capable professionals. These include its staff, Board of Trustees and a team of volunteer regional representatives. The NCHRD-K has a track record in advocacy and protection of the rights of human rights defenders (HRDs).


A just society without human rights violations


Promotion of safety and security of human rights defenders in Kenya through advocacy, capacity building and protection.


Core Value


Passionate commitment to human rights and rule of law

Human rights activism is the mainstay of NCHRD. However, activism is more purposeful and constructive, if underlined by a passionate commitment to human rights principles of participation, accountability, non-discrimination, equality and legality. The work of NCHRD shall also be undergirded by the cardinal principle of rule of law where accountability, respect for institutions and participation shall be upheld

Integrity and professionalism

NCHRD will uphold the highest standards of integrity by ensuring honesty, fairness and consistency in its dealings with members, staff and other stakeholders. NCHRD also commits itself to ensuring highest standards of professionalism, where effective and efficient service delivery and confidentiality shall be afforded to clients (HRDs) and all stakeholders

No Harm

In all its programmes, actions and undertakings, NCHRD strive to minimize and eliminate risks to its stakeholders. Through its work, NCHRD shall not invite undue consequences to the persons it is meant to serve. The activities of NCHRD shall strive to avoid and mitigate undue social and environmental impacts of its work to communities and regions of operation.


NCHRD shall refrain from taking sides in partisan political disputes and contests. NCHRD shall not belong to any political party or association, even though the organization shall not hesitate to take moral positions in the face of human rights violations and atrocities by state and non-state actors.


NCHRD shall strive to continuously improve its business processes, foster creativity, acquire emerging technology and come up with new ways of doing things while discharging its mandate.


In November of 2007 East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, carried out a capacity building training for HRDs in Kenya, with the aim to reduce their vulnerability to the risk of persecution and to enhance their capacity for self-protection. One of the outcome of the convening was the need to create a viable national coalition of HRDs in Kenya that would strengthen the voice of individual HRDs and provide protection in situations of immediate threat.

The meeting resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding for the formation of The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders and an action plan for the subsequent years. Between 2007 and 2011, the NCHRD-K was housed by the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU), and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, both of which greatly contributed to its growth. Rights Promotion and Protection Centre, formerly Release Political Prisoners (RPP) implemented a public awareness project of the NCHRD-K in 2010-1.

In February 2011, a national meeting was convened to take stock of developments made since 2007 and further strategize for the future. The conference brought together seventy-six (76) participants, more than half of which were HRDs representing various counties in Kenya, in addition to representatives from other human rights organizations, organisations working for the protection of HRDs, foreign embassies and funding partners. Delegates identified the challenges facing NCHRD-K and developed a plan of action aimed at putting in place relevant structures, programmes and resources needed for an effective implementation of NCHRD-K’s mandate on the short and long term. The need to institutionalise the organization was key among priorities established. A technical committee was formed to oversee the transitioning into a fully functional Secretariat The NCHRD-K was officially launched on 30th March 2012 by H.E. Ann Dismorr, the then Swedish Ambassador.  Two staff (Executive Coordinator and Protection Officer) were recruited by the board of Trustees to offer protection support for HRDs and engage in fund-raising to implement emerging programmes, which included protection, training and advocacy.

The Board of Trustees consists of six members who in additional to professional track record, have great passion for human rights. Members provide advice and programme direction to the organization for a three-year term, renewable for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

The Advisory Council is made up of volunteer HRDs selected by HRD networks in the Counties at each of the eight geographical regions of Kenya: Western, Nyanza, North Eastern, Rift valley, Coast, Eastern, Nairobi and Central. In addition there are four special representatives in the Advisory Board representing key thematic areas of concern to the NCHRD-K namely Indigenous Communities, Women Human Rights Defenders, people with physical disabilities including those living with albinism, and sexual minority groups (LGBTI groups). The mandate of the advisory council is reviewed at the annual General Assembly.

The National Secretariat The Programmes Coordinator/Executive Director coordinate the day-to-day implementation of NCHRD-K’s activities. The NCHRD-K programmes are implemented by programme staff that include , Protection Officer, Advocacy Officer, and Capacity-Building Officer. The team is supported by Finance and Administration Officer and interns, research fellows and volunteers

Strategic Outcome 1: Conducive environment for HRDs progressively secured at county and national level

Strategic Outcome 2: Contribution of key stakeholders to safety and security of HRDs strengthened

Strategic Outcome 3: Responsive and sustainable protection mechanisms for HRDs in Kenya strengthened

Strategic Outcome 4: Institutional development, organizational performance and sustainability of NCHRD-K strengthened.

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