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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.

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

PRWG-K WELCOMES THE APPOINTMENT OF INCOMING INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE.

5TH APRIL 2019

  1. We, the undersigned members of The Police Reforms Working Group-Kenya (PRWG-K) congratulate Mr. Hillary Mutyambai on his appointment as the 3rd Inspector General of the National Police Service.
  2. In particular, the PRWG-K wishes the incoming Inspector General of Police (I.G.P.) success as he takes on the reigns of leadership of the National Police Service (N.P.S.) – which is a vital cog in national security and ensuring that all Kenyans enjoy their human rights to the fullest extent.
  3. We extend a hand of partnership to the incoming IGP as he embarks on his duty to transform the N.P.S. into an accountable, professional and human rights compliant institution – in line with our Constitutional aspirations, National legislation and a comprehensive Police Reforms Agenda.
  4. In the spirit of mutual respect, public participation and community policing – we commit to work and cooperate with the incoming I.G.P. when called upon; and, to enter constructive dialogue and exchange for the betterment of all Kenyans security and wellbeing.
  5. It is in this spirit that we will submit to the incoming I.G.P. a report titled “The First One Hundred Days: Civil Society Expectations of the Third Inspector General of the National Police Service”, which focuses on six issues of public interest; namely: 1. Crime Prevention and Response, 2. Human Rights Compliance, 3. Integrity and Police Corruption, 4. Independence of the Office of the Inspector General, 5. Management of Police Welfare, and 6. Community Policing and Public Partnerships.
    The Police Reforms Working Group offers this report to assist the incoming I.G.P. and other duty bearers to further enhance the reforms needed to ensure that Police officers discharge their duties within the confines of the law and with utmost respect for the rule of law, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
    We extend our hand to the incoming I,G.P., Mr. Hillary Mutyambai, to address the six public interest issues contained in this report. We also extend our hand to the relevant duty bearers such as the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, The Attorney General, Kenya Law Reforms Commission and the National Police Service Commission.
  6. We reiterate our congratulatory message, well wishes and commitment to cooperation to the incoming I.G.P. Mr. Hillary Mutyambai and look forward to a good and meaningful working relationship with his office.
    Yours Faithfully,
    For: Police Reforms Working Group – Kenya

Signed:
• National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD – Kenya)
• International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ-K)
• International Commission of Jurists –Kenya (ICJ-K)
• Legal Resources Foundation (LRF)
• International Justice Mission (IJM)
• Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU)
• 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)
• Kenya Human Rights Comission (KHRC)
• Kenyans For Peace, Truth and Justice (KPTJ)
• Usalama Reforms
• Amnesty International Kenya
• Transparency International Kenya
• KATIBA Institute
• Peace Brigades International (PBI)
• Usalama Reforms Forum
• The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA)

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