The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is a premier human rights organization in Africa that was founded in 1991 in the US and registered in Kenya in 1994 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Its founders and staff are among the foremost leaders and activists in struggles for human rights and democratic reforms in Kenya.
In 2012, the Commission evaluated its 2008-2012 strategic plan and developed an interim strategic plan for 2013-2018 in which it envisions: A human rights state and society and outlines its mission as to foster human rights, democratic values, human dignity and social justice. This vision and mission will be driven by the goal and new mandate of enhancing human rights centered governance at all levels.
Our approach and theory of change are based on social transformation and liberation struggles through clarity of leadership and solidarity among progressive forces. The discourse of human rights (as the tool for advocacy) and the people (as the agents of change) are therefore critical in this enterprise.
The KHRC is a member of many influential networks at county, national, regional and international levels. The KHRC has observer status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC). Furthermore, the KHRC works with 30 Human Rights Networks and other grassroots partners (based in more than 30 counties); more than 30 national level- state and non-state actors and coalitions; and more 50 sub-regional, regional and international human rights organizations and networks.
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