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Calling on African States to Support Accountability and Justice for Gravest Crimes Calling on African States to Support Accountability and Justice for Gravest Crimes

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We write ahead of the 25th African Union Summit, which will take place in South Africa from 7 to 15 June 2015, to highlight important progress by Africa in ensuring justice for the gravest crimes and areas where your leadership is needed to further support accountability.

Our organisations are among the most active partners of an informal group of African civil society organisations and international organisations with a presence in Africa that work to ensure the fight against impunity succeeds whenever serious crimes in violation of international law are committed. The following are in our estimation some of the notable developments that we believe merit your further introspection and action.

Country Brief at the 56th  ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. Country Brief at the 56th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.

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Kenya ratified the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on January 23rd, 1992. Since then, it has domesticated most of the provisions of the Charter through various pieces of legislation. Furthermore, the Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides an extensive and elaborate chapter on the Bill of Rights while also emphasizing their specific application to certain groups including: Children; Persons with disabilities; Youth; Minorities and marginalized groups and; older members of society.

Since the last session of the ACHPR, a number of significant events have taken place in Kenya. This brief focuses on the areas that are of contemporary concern and require the attention of the Commission in light of Kenya’s impending review.

KHRC statement at the ordinary session of the 56th ACHPR KHRC statement at the ordinary session of the 56th ACHPR

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The Kenya Human Rights Commission presented series of human rights concerns during the 56th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.

Civil Society Coalition on Kenya’s Universal Periodic Review (CSCK-UPR) - Advocacy Charter Civil Society Coalition on Kenya’s Universal Periodic Review (CSCK-UPR) - Advocacy Charter

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This Charter has been prepared by the Civil Society Coalition on Kenya’s 2nd Universal periodic Review (CSCK-UPR) as a supplement to its stakeholders’ report submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on June 14, 2014. It seeks to highlight contemporary human rights concerns in Kenya with a view to catalysing a robust interactive dialogue during Kenya’s review. In addition to our stakeholders’ report this charter utilizes information from the State report as well as that of international treaty bodies and special procedures that have reported on Kenya for the period under review. This charter raises pertinent issues for inquiry by Kenya’s peers and proposes remedial action by way of recommendations for consideration. It is hoped that this charter will
serve as an effective advocacy document that will lead to State commitment to the increased realization of human rights in the country.

Civil Society Coalition on Kenya’s 2nd Universal Periodic Review (CSCK-UPR) Civil Society Coalition on Kenya’s 2nd Universal Periodic Review (CSCK-UPR)

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This report is a joint submission by twelve non-governmental human rights organizations to inform Kenya’s second universal periodic review. The report considers the state’s implementation of recommendations accepted during its first review in 2010, while also highlighting human rights concerns emerging during the current
period under review, from 2010 to 2014. The report is cognizant of the institutional, policy and legislative reforms undertaken during the period under review but proceeds to assess their effectiveness and impact on the overall enjoyment of human rights.

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