August 19, 2017
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Women and the Kenyan General Election

On Tuesday 8th August, Kenya will hold elections for the positions of the President and deputy President, members of Parliament and devolved government members. While the last elections in 2013 were relatively peaceful, the memory of the 2007/8 post-election violence, which left at least 1,133 people dead and 600,000 people displaced, looms large in this election period. Continue reading

March-April 2017: Women Human Rights Defenders Toolkit kicks off with community leaders from Nairobi’s urban settlements

Kenyan human rights defenders (HRDs) face numerous challenges and threats, particularly if they work in urban settlements and rural areas, or if they work on sensitive topics such as land rights, corruption and violations by the police. Continue reading 

April 2017: Kenyan human rights defender in Brussels

Kenyan human rights defender Wanjiku was asked to speak at a conference in Brussels on protection mechanisms for lawyers at risk. Continue reading 

March 2017: "Today, I am not a number"

On 6th March, PBI Kenya hosted the third and final session in our series of workshops examining the issues facing Human Rights Defenders (HRD) in exile in Kenya. The workshop brought together exiles from Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan, as well as refugee and protection service providers, the international community and government. Continue reading

March 2017: “Never allow silence to be our master” - Portrait of a Sudanese human rights defender in Kenya

Kenya hosts a large refugee population, including many human rights defenders who have been forced into exile for defending human rights in their home country. Faisal is one of these exiles that PBI Kenya has had the privilege to meet. Continue reading

January 2017: Exiled Human Rights Defenders: Challenges, gaps and potential ways forward

PBI Kenya recently hosted two events with a view to inform on how to better support Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) who find themselves in exile in Kenya. Continue reading




January 2017: MSJC Invisible Mandelas Award and Office Opening

On January 7th PBI Kenya’s partner Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC) celebrated the official opening of their new office in Mathare. At the event, PBI was proud to present MSJC’s administrative coordinator Stephen Kinuthia Mwangi with the Invisible Mandelasaward, which he accepted on behalf of the members of MSJC. Continue reading

ECOSOC Pro Bono Lawyer Award 2016

On December 8, 2016, PBI Kenya together with our partners at the Law Society of Kenya, Amnesty International Kenya and EACHRights, awarded the ECOSOC Pro Bono Lawyer Award 2016 to Allan Maleche, Executive Director of KELIN (Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS). Mr. Maleche has a track-record of successful litigation on the human rights to health. Continue reading

December 2016: Call for Toolkit Organisers

In November PBI Kenya launched the WHRD Toolkit. To ensure that the Toolkit is disseminated widely, is locally owned and continues on as a living document, we are looking for women human rights defenders from the urban settlements to serve a one-year term as Toolkit Organisers (TOs). The TOs, with support from PBI Kenya, will take the lead on the dissemination of the Toolkit in Nairobi’s urban settlements. To see the Call for Toolkit Organisers and for details on how to apply please visit the Toolkit website. Deadline: 15 January 2017.

November 2016: Launch of the WHRD Toolkit

On 25th November PBI Kenya successfully launched the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Toolkit. The Toolkit seeks to empower and support WHRDs in Nairobi's urban settlements. The launch saw the attendance of WHRDs from various urban settlements, national and international NGOs and international diplomatic community. Andy Barnard, Head of Political, Press & Information section at the Delegation of the European Union to Kenya held the keynote address. Continue reading

November 2016: Nominations for ECOSOC Award

Kenya has a progressive constitution and a strong Bill of Rights, but access to justice unfortunately can be difficult, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and overlooked groups. At Peace Brigades International Kenya, we celebrate those who defend the social and economic human rights of others. We are happy to join with our friends at Amnesty International Kenya, Law Society of Kenya and EACHRights in presenting the annual ECOSOC Award for Pro Bono Lawyers. Continue reading

June 2016: Stephen Mwangi at PBI's 35th Anniversary Conference

This year PBI is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and to honour the occasion PBI UK held a conference on June 17th. The conference featured UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst and included several panels with participants from backgrounds in government, law, INGOs, and HRDs from Latin America, Nepal, and Kenya. Stephen Kinuthia Mwangi was selected to represent Kenya on the panel about 'The Rule of Law: Uses and Abuses of the Law in relation to Human Rights Defenders.' Continue reading

June 2016: Graffiti workshop at Mathare Social Justice Centre

In early June, Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC),  PAWA254 and PBI collaborated on a graffiti workshop in Mathare to officially launch MSJC’s ‘Arts against Violence' campaign. The three day workshop was facilitated by PAWA254's graffiti artist Smoki and provided (prospective) graffiti artists from Mathare with basic graffiti skills. Continue reading

April 2016: Kenyan HRD Gacheke Gachihi on Speaking Tour in Europe

In March and April Kenyan HRD Gacheke Gachihi from Bunge la Mwananchi (BLM)/Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC) has been on a highly successful speaking tour through the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. Continue reading

March 2016: Human Rights Training for State Prosecutors

From 14-18 March Peace Brigades International Kenya organised and facilitated a human rights training at Lake Elementaita. It was attended by 28 prosecutors from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) as well as additional representatives from Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA). Continue reading

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