The ICCPR is part of the International Bill of Human Rights, along with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The ICCPR is monitored by the Human Rights Committee (a separate body to the Human Rights Council), which reviews regular reports of States parties on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially one year after acceding to the Covenant and then whenever the Committee requests (usually every four years). The Committee normally meets in Geneva and normally holds three sessions per year in which countries’ statuses are reviewed.  Kenya’s acceded to the ICCPR in March1972.

  • Kenya will be reviewed by the HRC on its compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) from the 16th to the 18th of July in Geneva, Switzerland.  OHCHR-Kenya in partnership with Kenya Television Network (KTN) will broadcast live the Tuesday July 17, 2012 at 3.00pm  and Wednesday July 18, 2012 at 10.00am  HRC dialogue with Kenya delegates and that the public sessions will be on the webcast at the following address www.treatybodywebcast.org
  • The Government submitted its report in 2010, but has since added an addendum this year with respect to the developments that have occurred after August 2010.
  • A number of civil society organizations have submitted alternative or shadow reports to the Human Rights Committee for consideration during the review, which should be used to gauge the government performance.

Thematic areas of advocacy that the Civil Society Coaltion on Civil and Political Rights has made submissions are summarised in the Civil Society ICCPR Advocacy Brief and they include:

  • Rights of marginalised communities and minority groups
  • Protection of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Access to effective remedies
  • Prevention of forced evictions
  • Prohibition gender based violence
  • Right to life
  • Prohibition of torture
  • Prohibition of arbitrary detention
  • Prohibition of arbitrary detention
  • Slavery, servitude and forced labour in practice
  • Right to privacy
  • Freedom of opinion, expression, assembly and association
  • Protection against propaganda, discrimination and national, religious, or racial hatred
  • Electoral rights