In July 2018, Urgent Action Fund Africa (UAF-Africa) brought together forty-five women human rights defenders (WHRDs) from across Africa and the diaspora to discuss the possibility of creating a platform that would facilitate more durable ways of supporting WHRDs and feminists working on the front line of social justice movements. National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya was represented by the Protection Officer, Salome Nduta who is also in charge of WHRDs program in the organisation.
The meeting drew together activists working across a range of issues from political governance, sexual and reproductive health rights, environmental and economic justice, arts activism, conflict and peacebuilding and Lesbian Bisexual Trans* Queer and Intersex (LBTQI) rights.
The overarching goal of the convening was to begin the process of defining a framework for a Holistic security, safety, wellbeing and collective care platform for African WHRDs that potentially provides litigation support, psychosocial support, training in individual and collective protection and security as well as network and engage in various lobbying and advocacy activities.
Based on key findings, some issues emerged in the report. First, majority of the Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Nairobi County have tertiary education, most are engaged in self- employment, and 80% are affiliated to organisation which are pro-human rights defenders and 69% do not have regular income.
Secondly, the work of human rights defenders is important to promote and protect human rights and the rule of law. This can be achieved through regular training on the rights of HRDs. The report identified that 85% of the human rights defenders need support on human rights and advocacy, support further training on human rights, support on
self-care, support on medical care and employment opportunities.
Finally, there is need for National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya and other stake holders to organize regular human rights training workshops for HRDs. Training for human rights defenders should include training on professionalizing their work as well as on relevant security precautions.Training should involve capacity building that equip human rights defenders with practical knowledge and skills that can enable them acquire gainful employment besides being human rights defenders. Training on practical skills like report writing, data entry technique and analysis, investigative research are recommended.
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This report covers an eventful period in the history of defending human rights defenders in Kenya. The country went through general elections in the year and characteristically, the divisive campaigns contaminated the operational environment of the country’s CSOs and HRDs. The work of the NCHRD K was therefore very much linked to the elections. Subsequently, the advocacy and protection programmes of the NCHRD K asserted the centrality of HRD actors as election monitors, repositioning the place of human rights defenders in the election process. Activities through the year emphasized the protection of conducive environment for the work of HRDs as well as the protection of individual HRDs most at risk.
During the year, NCHRD-K put in place a comprehensive programme to manage risks to human rights defenders in the country. Together with partners, the NCHRD-K built an early warning scenario building and strategy group that regularly assessed risks for human rights monitors. Response interventions were then designed within informed parameters. The NCHRD-K deployed about 102 monitors from all the 47 counties and HRD groups at risk such as sexual minority groups, journalists, bloggers and indigenous peoples to take part in monitoring the elections. Wherever risks to the monitors were reported, the NCHRD-K took rapid measures to manage them. The reports of the monitors were publicly shared with duty bearers who came under pressure to respond to things requiring their attention in line with commitments reached in the partnership built with the NCHRD K in the preparatory meetings leading to the process.
The NCHRD-K built a strong, secure and effective team of country wide monitors, equipped through a comprehensive training program to monitor, document and report on human rights violations during Elections 2017. As a result, there were robust human rights based monitors in the elections team in the particular process. In part, the high-quality information and reports of HRD monitors involved in the elections were critical in ensuing electoral petition following the announcement of the presidential election results. Aspects of the observation endorsed the Supreme Court decision to cancel the results for irregularities and illegalities noted in the process. Significantly, observation of human rights in the election process became part of the ventilations in the petitions in which HRDs directly took part. The success attained in monitoring the elections is discussed further in this report.
Going by the incidence reports to NCHRD K, risks faced by individual HRDs and organizations increased in the reporting year. The NCHRD-K working with its partners, particularly the Protection Working Group and the Human Rights Defenders Working Group managed to better clarify the priorities and build a coherent program to respond to the environment. As such, the mandate of the organization to carry out protection of HRDs at risk was conducted with remarkable success, even as human rights faced a tempestuous moment in the backdrop of the elections.
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