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COASTAL KENYA HRDs EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Nchrd Kenya, in partnership with MUHURI and Civil Society Reference Group Kenya CSRG K are conducting a one week mentorship and exchange program for the coast Human Rights Defenders Networks in Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Kwale and Mombasa counties.
The mentorship is also being done to community members that are represented in the areas the HRDs cover. The expected outcomes of the mentorship is to:

1. Have a united, vibrant and well coordinated CSO/HRD network at county level that defends civic space and enabling environment for HRDs.

2. Improved capacity of CSOs to protect Civic Space and HRDs through a coordinated referral system that cascades to the national level.

3. A progressive, immortalised, celebrated and memorialised HRDs and PBO sector in the region.

Under outcome 2 the project plans to select and expose a representative group of HRDs and human rights organizations from each of the six Counties to exchange with each other over a period of one week for purposes of learning and mentoring.

The mentorship will be culminated y a boot camp in Taita Taveta under the theme: HRDs Mentoring for Enhanced Civic Space and HRD Security” Self -organised spaces. This will involve lectures from Veteran HRDs, art, theatre songs and dance.

Human Rights Defenders Awards 2019: Call for Nominations

INTRODUCTION

Civic space in Kenya continues to be under pressure as a range of actions are being directed against the work of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) and Civil Society organizations in Kenya. Physical attacks, criminal and administrative actions, legislative restrictions, negative rhetoric and limitation of human rights have undermined the Constitutional and international protections available to HRDs.

It is against this backdrop that the Working Group on Human Rights Defenders in Kenya, which brings together CSOs and development partners concerned with the protection of HRDs, is organizing the fourth edition of the HRD Awards on the 29th of November 2019. The aim of the ceremony is to honour and publicly recognize the important work of HRDs in Kenya, by giving out awards to men and women who have demonstrated courage and impact in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The awards are presented in three categories: the Munir Mazrui Lifetime achievement award, the Human Rights Defender of the year award and the upcoming Human Rights Defender of the year award.

THE OBJECTIVES

The objectives of these awards are to:

  1. Honour the extraordinary work of HRDs in the promotion and protection of human rights;
  2. Profile the work of HRDs and challenges they face as agents of social change and transformation;
  3. Recognise and appreciate the human rights work of young and upcoming HRDs in Kenya and support talent;
  4. Enhance the safety and protection of all HRDs in Kenya.

SELECTION PROCESS

  • Nomination:

The Working Group on Human Rights Defenders in Kenya develops a call for nominations which is then widely circulated by the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya (NCHRD-K) and other partners. This call outlines the criteria for eligibility for nomination.

  • Shortlisting:

A panel then shortlists five individuals per category within the set out guidelines for shortlisting candidates.

  • Verification:

The panel verifies the HRDs human rights work through field visits, and interviews with the nominators, the nominees and their references.

  • Selection:

The Independent Selection Panel, which comprises of eminent individuals in the human rights sector, will decide who will receive the awards based on the profiles of the nominated HRDs.

  • Award ceremony:

Will be held on the 29th November 2019 in the presence of CSOs, the government, selected HRDs from across the country, representatives from the international missions, 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 in 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 the 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 the capacity of the 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 should be working towards building a movement.
  • The HRD should be a seasoned or upcoming HRD.

The winners will receive:

  • A cash award of $ 1,000
  • A plaque with the HRDs name on it
  • And will be guests at the 2020 HRD award ceremony

To nominate your favorite HRD: Download the Nomination Form Here

All nomination forms should be sent back to the NCHRD-K via advocacy@hrdcoalition.org with a clear subject line “HRD AWARD NOMINATION” by 15th July 2019, 11:59 pm.

VIOLENCE METED ON SECURITY OFFICERS IN THARAKA NITHI INEXCUSABLE

PRESS STATEMENT
2nd May 2019

The Police Reforms Working Group-Kenya would like to strongly condemn the gruesome murders of Kamaindi Location Chief Japheph Mayau Mukengu and the Chuka Officer in Charge of Police tation Mr Joshua Kinyua.
According to media reports, Chief Mayau was hacked to death by angry locals from Kamaindi who allegedly accused him of killing his neighbor in 2018, detaining goats of a local after they had grazed on his farm and diverting water from the drying River Thuci to their land at the expense of those living downstream.
OCS Kinyua was in the company of twelve other police officers and had gone to effect the arrests of one of the suspects who they had traced at Ugweri trading center in Embu. The suspect raised an alarm attracting a crowd, forcing the police to shoot in the air. As the police dispersed the crowd, the suspect hacked Kinyua, who later succumbed to his injuries.
We call upon the National Police Service (NPS) and specifically the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), including the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to investigate the incident that also saw an alleged shooting to death of a resident by the police.
We acknowledge the swift response and action of the Government to deploy more security officers assist with maintaining law and order as these unfortunate incidents being investigated. In doing so, we call upon security personnel involved in the operations to work within the confines of the law and with respect to the 6th Schedule of the National Police Service Act 2011 on the use of force.
We strongly differ with the views of the Eastern Regional Commander Ms Eunice Kihiko who has allegedly condemned the entire community. We caution that her remarks may lead to collective punishment and unwarranted use of excessive force by the Police. No matter the justification, there should be other avenues of conflict resolution instead of attacking chiefs or police officers. There should be effective complaints and redress mechanisms that aggrieved civilians can use to channel their grievances and seek justice whenever they feel wronged by government officers and the police.
We call on the locals in Kamaindi to cooperate with and share any relevant information with security personnel investigating these unfortunate incidents.
…………………………………ENDS…………………………………
Signed by Members:
National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya (NCHRD-K) Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU)
Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ-K)
International Commission of Jurists –Kenya (ICJ-K)
Legal Resources Foundation (LRF)
International Jurists Mission (IJM)
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)
Rights Promotion and Protection Centre (RPP)
Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA-K)
Coalition on Violence against Women (COVAW)
Kenyans For Peace, Truth and Justice (KPTJ)
Usalama Reforms
Amnesty International – Kenya
Transparency International – Kenya
Katiba Institute (KI)
Peace Brigade International (PBI)
The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA)

You Will Not Be Charged to Acquire a P3 Form

No medical facility or police officer should charge you to obtain a P3 form. The Court in its ruling noted that the Poliuce Charter states P3 as a free document. It has further been established that there are some police stations who are in compliance with the charter and give the form free of charge.

As for the health facilities run by the national and the county governments, some charge for filling, the P.3 form while some do not. The same facilities issue the Post Rape form free of charge whose purpose is complementary to that of the P.3 form to assist victims of rape and assault in their evidence in their criminal cases. The post mortem report in murder cases, the P.3 form for mental assessment and other forms are supplied by the state and the county governments free of charge.

The High Court made the following declarations:

1.That a declaration do hereby issue that the respondents are jointly and severally in violation of the basic principle of access as to justice in levying of fees for issue and for filling of the Medical Examination Form popularly known as P.3 form.

2. That a declaration do hereby issue that the Medial Examination Form, that is the P.3 form or any form required or issuable to victims of crime is free of charge and that no levy shall be imposed.

3. That an order of prohibition do hereby issue prohibiting the respondents, their agents or any medical officers in charge of public health facilities at both levels of government from levying fees for issue or for filling of the Medical Examination Forms (P.3s).

Read the full judgement here: https://hrdcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/CON

A New Tool for HRDs to Reclaim Spaces

Our partners from Netherlands are currently developing a tool to allow you and other human rights defenders around the world to engage with policymakers, political authorities and legislatures on a more equal basis. We envision the tool as a multi-functional interactive platform which will help you build capacities, build networks and use evidence-based policy influencing to multiply the impact of your work. But in order to develop this tool, we first need to hear your story!

We are inviting you to complete this survey and provide reliable insight into the operating space of human rights defenders and civil society organisation in your country. If you believe that someone is tracking your online activities, we encourage you to submit the encrypted survey instead.

You can complete the survey in one-go in approximately 10 minutes, or save it and complete it at a later stage. The survey is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

The survey is published and managed by the Shelter City Initiative  of Justice and Peace Netherlands, and data are collected anonymously and stored in Jotform’s EU servers in the European Union. Data and metadata are transmitted and stored encrypted with no third party access.
 
If you have any questions regarding the project please do not hesitate to contact us on info@hrdcoalition.org.
 
Thank you in advance for your valuable contribution!
We highly encourage you to share the survey with other human rights defenders within your networks.

Meet the bold go-getter, Ikal Angelei, a woman HRD from Turkana

Ikal Angelei made history by staging a spirited opposition against the construction of the Gibe III Dam to protect the livelihoods of people living in northern Kenya.

Researching the potential impact of the Gibe III Dam, Ikal Angelei was shocked to discover that, although the project appeared to be bringing progress, it would potentially cut off the water supply to half a million farmers, herders and fishermen.

This prompted the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize winner to begin her campaign to block the building of the dam on the Omo River to protect Lake Turkana, a World Heritage site and the world’s largest permanent desert lake. Turkana is the source of livelihood for the people living in its environs.

Read her full story here: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Kenya-s-bold-and-audacious-go-getters/1056-5059080-5o6i4kz/index.html

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