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HAKI Africa

Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice

HAKI Africa is a national non-governmental organization based in Mombasa working to improve livelihoods and enhance the progressive realization of human rights in Kenya. Initiated in 2012, the organization promotes partnership between state and non-state actors in order to constantly improve the well-being of individuals and communities and ensure respect for human rights and rule of law by all. Particularly, the organization seeks to agitate for the recognition and empowerment of local communities in Kenya to fully participate in rights and development initiatives with a view to improving the standards of living amongst all including the poor and marginalized.

While the word “Haki” is Swahili for “justice” or “human right”, we have given meaning to the four letters which to us stand for Humanity; Activism; Knowledge; and Integrity. Humanity stands for the desire to see human rights and dignity guaranteed to all. Activism is meant to get individuals and communities to be proactive in addressing issues that affect them. Knowledge is the organization’s ambition to ignite a thirst for knowledge and to get rid of ignorance. Integrity is the aspiration to promote transparency and accountability across all levels of governance. HAKI Africa therefore stands for a transformation of the society to one where individuals and communities are free to participate in the advancement of their rights and development processes.

Mission – To foster the progressive realization of human rights

People Associated With This Organization


HAKI Africa (Unverified)
Joined July 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Labor & Employment, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights
I am interested in promoting positive constitutional interpretation and transformation through Public Interest Litigation. My role has included the development of argumentation for our clients through legal research as well as the drafting of submissions. Following my admission to the bar, I also argue cases before Court and represent clients on behalf of my organisation. Through the work at the organisations I've worked for, my passion for Public Interest Litigation has grown as a result of the numerous cases that we have handled on the subject. We have dealt with many cases seeking not only to remedy but also to prevent damage to the environment including to climate, air quality, water, and to the health of inhabitants among others. I have been able to assist in many projects that seek to realize the rights of minorities and the marginalized in Kenya and also Access to Justice to the same groups of people. Through this projects, I have been able to interact with legal and non- legal staff.

Salma Abdalla

HAKI Africa
Joined June 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
My name is Salma Hemed. Ms Salma Hemed is a public relations officer by profession and currently works as the Gender Rights Officer of HAKI Africa. I have been at the forefront of agitating for the rights of community women and youth from marginalised communities as well as advocating for observance of human rights and good governance from community to international levels. Besides HAKI Africa, I have also worked with other civil society organisations including Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) and Human Rights Agenda (HURIA). I have also done attachments with legal firms including Aboubakar, Mwanakitina and Company Advocates and is a trainer with the Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network.

Am looking for more knowledge on how to deal with issues on gender and to give women and children a voice to fight for their rights. Am also looking for knowledge on how to handle conflict between women in the community and give them legal advice so that i can be able to promote peace and security among the community members by working closely with the government sectors.
Salma Abdalla is the network champion (main point of contact) for HAKI Africa.

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