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.
Faith has over nine years’ experience working directly and indirectly on Transitional Justice Issues. She works with marginalized populations, networks of victims/survivors of past atrocities including war veterans and internally displaced persons with an aim of supporting them to define, claim, and defend their rights. Currently Faith is a Program Advisor on Transitional Justice issues at the Kenya Human Rights Commission an organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on four thematic areas i.e Governance around Land and Land Based Resources , Protection of Indigenous people, Protection and Assistance of internally displaced persons and Corporate Governance issues in the Extractive Industries Sector. She also gained experience in previously held positions at the Coalition on Violence against Women and the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Kenya), advocating for the implementation of the agenda four component , a long-term reform TJ intervention of multi sectoral institutions under the Serena agreement after the 2007/2008 post-election violence in Kenya.
Mr. Otieno is a Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defender, Applied Public Policy and Development Expert with over 20 years of experience working across sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Otieno has worked with State, non State Academic and Research Institutions across 15 countries in Africa and beyond. Mr. Otieno is a graduate of MA Political Science from the Central European University-Budapest Hungary, MA Development Studies from the International Institute for Social Studies-Hague; and BA Anthropology from University of Nairobi-Kenya. Mr. Otieno is n expert in Elections Reforms, Civil Society Capacity Building, Institutional Reforms, Civic Advocacy, Access to Justice, promotion of Rule of Law, Human Rights, Public Policy formulation, Programme Management among others.
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