UPR Info, together with its partners, organised a successful workshop for civil society organizations working in the area of human rights; with a special focus on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) this was a second workshop and a follow-up to a similar one that was held in March 2015 and proposed an implementation strategy and an action plan to implement UPR recommendations. Kenya Movement of Catholic Professionals (KMCP) Paxromana and its two partner organizations in Kenya in the area of UPR i.e. Edmund Rice Advocacy Network (ERAN) and Franciscans International(FI) participated in the workshop.
KMCP Paxromana in conjunction with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and other Faith based organisations notably Edmond Rice advocacy and Franciscans International, and civil society organizations in Kenya organised the live screening, through a webcast of the review of Kenya under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. The only public viewing was done at the Auditorium of Paul VI Learning resource Centre at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi on , January 22nd 2015.
Over three hundred participants followed proceeding at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and later held a panel discussion on the emerging themes.
Here is the final UPR Stakeholders and Process reports in PDF versions. Information is also available on the KMCP website. We are now at the stage of doing advocacy and lobbying to ensure that the OHCHR office adopts most of our recommendations. KMCP is in the process of developing a plan of action to guide us on this, it will be communicated to all stakeholders as soon as it is ready.
Human Rights sometimes do not seem to be anything of concern to society especially when we focus on acquisition of basic needs like food, water, education, shelter and health. Consecutive regimes have in the history distanced themselves from the quest for provision and assurance of these rights that it has been relegated to the civil society movement. An interrogation of the state’s performance on the provision of the basic rights to its citizen has always been viewed as antagonism to the state, while a collaborative approach to this kind of interrogation in most of the times gives the state the opportunity to polish up its mechanisms to service delivery in a participatory approach.
The Kenya Movement of Catholic Professionals (KMCP) with her other 20 partners hence embarked on a mechanism to review Kenya performance, with participants from Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. We focused on five key areas of concern: rights to Food, to healthcare, to water and sanitation, internal displacements in Kenya, and right to quality and affordable Education
Various stakeholders from the civil society, academia, research institutions and also various arms of government took part in the process leading to this report. We have now to implement the second phase that will entails training civil society organizations mostly faith based to review the Human Rights situation in their respective 47 counties of Kenya.