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Memorial Narrative Booklet Memorial Narrative Booklet

Date added: 10/26/2015
Date modified: 10/26/2015
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Memorial to the Victims of Torture and Ill-Treatment During the Colonial Era (1952–1960)

Court Case, Settlement and Memorial Court Case, Settlement and Memorial

Date added: 10/26/2015
Date modified: 10/26/2015
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Memorial to the Victims of Torture and Ill-Treatment During the Colonial Era (1952–1960)

Joint civil society organizations alternative report to the combined 8th - 11th periodic report of the government of the republic of Kenya on the African charter on human & peoples’ rights Joint civil society organizations alternative report to the combined 8th - 11th periodic report of the government of the republic of Kenya on the African charter on human & peoples’ rights

Date added: 10/26/2015
Date modified: 10/26/2015
Filesize: 2.63 MB
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In accordance with Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (The African Charter), State Parties to the Charter are required to submit every two years, a report on the legislative or other measures taken, with a view to giving effect to the rights and freedoms recognized and guaranteed by the Charter. The Government of the Republic of Kenya submitted to the African Commission on Human and People’s rights (African Commission), its combined 8th -11th periodic report covering the period 2008 - September 2014, in conformity with Article 62 of the Charter.

In keeping up with the good practice of civil society organizations (CSOs) engaging with the African Commission, the KHRC coordinated 19 Kenyan CSOs to submit a joint alternative report to the African Commission in respect of Kenya’s Periodic Report. The report has used the methodology of addressing different human rights issues in accordance with the layout of the African Charter. Though the Government mentions in the Periodic Report that there was wide consultation between Government officials, CSOs and independent national human rights institutions working in different thematic areas, there remain significant points of divergence that the Kenya CSO Forum on the African Charter has chosen to highlight in the alternative report.

Kenyan CSOs continue to play the critical role of monitoring and documenting various aspects of human rights and governance in the society. The CSOs also work in collaboration with the Government from time to time so as to ensure that there is protection and promotion of human rights in the country.

KHRC Electoral Case Digest KHRC Electoral Case Digest

Date added: 08/21/2015
Date modified: 08/21/2015
Filesize: 2.35 MB
Downloads: 169

This digest seeks to ascertain the true extent of the progress made in Kenya‘s electoral reforms in as far as electoral dispute resolution is concerned. While it does not devote itself to extensively analyzing the organizational structure of the IEBC and Judiciary, it considers how electoral dispute resolution has been undertaken under the new legal and institutional order. It does so by considering various aspects of the dispute resolution process and highlighting jurisprudence emerging from the interpretation of the legal framework on electoral dispute resolution.

It is expected that this analysis will be valuable to various stakeholders in improving the electoral system further and thereby enhancing the constitutionally safeguarded right to free fair and regular elections.

Elections Management Audit- Policy Brief Elections Management Audit- Policy Brief

Date added: 08/21/2015
Date modified: 09/03/2015
Filesize: 2.27 MB
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This report is part of KHRC’s engagements with the electoral governance processes. It complements such the ‘Compilation of findings and recommendations on Kenya’s 2013-2015 By-Elections’; which assesses the gains and challenges realized in managing the emerging by-elections). It also complements ‘The Case Digest on Electoral Governance Processes in Kenya’ ; that assesses the emerging jurisprudence with respect to electoral governance processes and outcomes in Kenya.

It also reinforces a report developed in partnership with the Institute for Education in Democracy (IED) and the Kenya Section of International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) titled: From Pillar to Post: Transforming the Election Agenda in Kenya: An Electoral Stakeholders Recipe for Reforms. This report addresses the key administrative, operational, legal, policy and political challenges that continue to bedevil the electoral processes post the 2013 general elections.

The policy brief therefore looks at the progress realized by the key players in relation to electoral governance: The Electoral Management Body - the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission-IEBC, the Justice Sector; the Political Party Registry - Registrar of Political Parties (RPP), the media and civil society. KHRC has relied on primary data and the findings and recommendations of The Democratic Paradox: A Report on Kenya’s 2013 General Election report, and policy briefs and updates from the IEBC as well as stakeholders’ perspectives.

The brief is organized into three (3) chapters and sections:

1. KHRC’s engagements with electoral governance processes - documenting KHRC’s work from 1997 to date.

2. Problem statement, scope, objectives and methodologies of the study-justifying why and how the KHRC’s invested in this project.

3. Key findings and recommendations. This is presented within the following tabular and analytical framework: electoral processes, actors, issues being assessed, emerging recommendations on the issue, sources of information, recommendation, progress in implementation and further action.

There are several issues addressed:

 Voter nomination;

 Audit of electoral technology;

 Voter education;

 Election campaign financing;

 Party and dispute nominations;

 Elections day procedures (under IEBC);

 Dispute resolution and enforcement of electoral laws (under justice sector-judiciary and security actors);

 Civic education, membership and nominations for political parties(under the RPP) and

 Media and civil society engagements.

From the analysis, it is evident that although there has been progress, Kenyans are yet to see transformative developments with respect to the key electoral issues enumerated above.

In conclusion, the KHRC identifies with the Francis Aywa’s observation that: “…one reality remains: Kenya is far from realizing its aspirations for elections that provide a fair opportunity for electoral competition, free from fraud. Rather than despair, the lessons from the 2013 general election should energize all stakeholders in the electoral process to re-think the continuing shortcomings of the electoral process and its management with a view to making whatever further changes necessary to entrench electoral democracy in the country. Abroad national agenda for electoral reforms can coalesce”  

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