Blog entries categorized under Economic, Social & Cultural Rights.
Last week saw the Kenyan High courts determine the case filed by small scale farmers on Economic Partnerships Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the East African Community on the other hand. The merit of this case that was filled in 2007 was based on two critical issues of stakeholder participation in the negotiation process and access to information with fears that if agreements were signed in their current form, they would be detrimental to the livelihoods of millions of farmers across Kenya and the rest of the EAC region.
It is yet another International Women’s Day. But women who work in flower farms across the country have little to celebrate.
A recent study, Wilting in Bloom: The Irony of Women Labour Rights in the Cut-Flower Sector in Kenya by the Kenya Human Rights Commission exposes the violations that face women working there.
Ironically, Kenya is a key player in the global cut-flower market, which in 2010, generated over $7.5 billion. However, these billions mean nothing to those who truly labour to produce the flowers, flowers that are loved across the world and, of course, will be given as a sign of love to women during this International Women’s Day, as happened during Valentine’s Day.
The study, conducted among 15 flower companies in Naivasha, Thika, and Athi River, shows several outcomes.
THE KENYA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TRIBUTE TO PROF. WANGARI MAATHAI
OCTOBER 8, 2011
A lot has been said about the exploits of the Late Prof. Wangari Maathai and we shall not repeat it here. As the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), we pay our tribute to this great woman by upholding what she stood for and was ready to die for.
The date for the National Referendum on the Proposed Constitution Kenya (PCK) is on 4th August 2010; and it is approaching very fast. The ‘greens’ (those in favour) and the ‘reds’ (those opposed to) are busy campaigning. They are even breaking the law by campaigning ahead of the day provided for by the Constitution of Kenya Review Act. Already, there is friction between and within both ‘camps’. In the midst of this, everyone is angling themselves to either get into power or stay in power come the next elections.
In the last few weeks, a lot of time has been taken debating on the RIGHT TO LIFE. Many have stated that termination of pregnancy (read abortion) must not be allowed. And if allowed, the Catholics and other Christian faithful will organize to vote NO at the upcoming referendum. No doubt, it is erroneous to terminate life. And the Word of God is clear in the Sixth of the Ten Commandments that reads: thou shall not kill. Indeed, the Roman Catholic Church uses the translation ‘kill’ (less specific and more inclusive) instead of ‘murder’, as seen in the Torah or the initial Ten Commandments. There is controversy as to which translation is more faithful (‘killing’ or ‘murder’), and both forms are quoted in support of many opposing ethical standpoints.