Software Deadline: August 15th 2020, 11.59 P.M

Civic area in Kenya continues to be beneath stress as a spread of actions is being directed in opposition to the work of Human Rights Defenders (HRD), HRDS networks and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in Kenya. Bodily assaults, prison and administrative actions, reprisals, legislative restrictions, unfavourable rhetoric and limitation of human rights have undermined the constitutional and worldwide protections accessible to HRDs.

It’s in opposition to this backdrop that the Working Group on Human Rights Defenders in Kenya, which brings collectively CSOs, the UN and growth companions involved with the safety of HRDs, is organizing the fifth version of the HRD Awards on the 27th of November 2020. The intention of the ceremony is to honor and publicly acknowledge the vital work of HRDs and HRDs teams in Kenya, by giving out awards to those that have demonstrated braveness, innovation and affect within the promotion and safety of human rights and basic freedoms. The awards are introduced in three classes: the Munir Mazrui Lifetime achievement award, the Human Rights Defender of the 12 months award and the upcoming Human Rights Defender of the 12 months award.


The aims of those awards are to:

  • Honor the extraordinary work of HRDs and teams of HRDs within the promotion and safety of human rights;
  • Profile the work of HRDs and the challenges they face as brokers of social change and transformation;
  • Acknowledge and respect the human rights work of younger and upcoming HRDs and HRD teams in Kenya and help expertise;
  • Improve the security and safety of all HRDs in Kenya;
  • Acknowledge innovation in participating with human rights work


The Working Group on Human Rights Defenders in Kenya develops a name for nominations, which is then broadly circulated by the Nationwide Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya (NCHRD-Okay, additionally known as Defenders Coalition) and different companions. This name outlines the factors for eligibility for nomination. Each particular person HRDs and teams/organizations might be nominated within the three classes.

A panel comprised of missions and organizations concerned within the planning of the HRD Awards then shortlists 5 people/teams per class throughout the set-out pointers for shortlisting candidates.

The panel verifies the HRD’s human rights work by way of subject visits, and interviews with the nominators, the nominees and their references.

The Judging Panel, which includes of eminent people within the human rights sector, makes a last determination, from the names submitted, on the recipient of the three awards and the runner up.

Can be held on the 27th of November 2020 within the presence of CSOs, the UN, the federal government, chosen HRDs, representatives from the worldwide missions, and the media who will cowl the occasion.


The next will likely be considered:

  • Is the HRD or the group grassroots primarily based?
  • Demonstrable affect of the HRD’s or the group’s human rights work to the group
  • The function of the HRD or the group in selling human rights, particularly the rights of marginalized and weak teams
  • ‘Civil braveness’ of the HRD or the group in human rights work
  • Demonstrated management, innovation and creativity within the human rights work of the HRD/the group
  • Contribution to growth of a human rights primarily based strategy throughout the related county as regards to the thematic space of focus
  • Future objectives and certain affect
  • Diploma of problem of the achievement and sacrifices made
  • Visibility derived from the award to reinforce the work of the HRD or the group to advertise human rights and energetic citizenship
  • The HRD/group ought to have a hyperlink to the group and the work ought to have constructed or is
working in direction of constructing a motion


Three awards will likely be introduced to the general winners:

  1. The Munir Mazrui lifetime achievement award,
  2. The HRD of the 12 months award and;
  3. The upcoming HRD award.

The winners will obtain:

  • A money award of $ 1,000 in each class
  • A plaque with the HRD’s or the group/group’s title on it
  • Can be a visitor on the HRD award ceremony 2021

To appoint your favourite HRD, Obtain the nomination kind right here

or nominate on-line by way of

All nomination types must be despatched again to the Defenders Coalition by way of [email protected] with a transparent topic line “HRD AWARDS NOMINATION” by the 15th of August 2020, 11.59 P.M

For Extra Info:

Go to the Official Webpage of the Human rights Defenders Award 2020

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