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

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
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