The founders of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) were at the forefront of the struggle for human rights and democratic reform in Kenya. Founded in 1991, KHRC is driven by its mission of fostering human rights, democratic values, human dignity and social justice. These are built around the core values of fairness and social justice; participation and empowerment; liberty and human dignity; accountability and transparency; equal protection and non-discrimination. KHRC works both at a policy development and community engagement level where it engages with Human Rights Networks (HURINETS) across the country.
The organisation engages with the public primarily through free and open source web tools such as the website, intranet, SMS, social media, blogs and crowdmaps. KHRC’s project under the network framework includes mentoring 10 HURINET partners to increase their capacity to use ICTs effectively in their advocacy work and to increase their understanding of building and promoting human rights. In addition, KHRC holds occasional community reflection meetings on human rights issues and events.
The project, however, is not only limited to HURINETS as university students, youth out of school, teachers and small-scale farmers are also beneficiaries being empowered to articulate their concerns to the wider society from the local level through to the national and international levels.