Roundtable discusses the outcome of the project ‘Strengthening Human Rights within Correctional Facilities in Kenya’

2017 Mar 8

Within the final phase of the EU financed project ‘Strengthening Human Rights within Correctional Facilities in Kenya’, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) and the European Committee for Training and Agriculture (CEFA) hosted a roundtable meeting to review the outcome of the project, which included the IJJO’s published report ‘Human Rights and Deprivation of Liberty in Kenya:  An Analysis of the Human Rights’ Situation and Guidelines for an Internal Monitoring System’. The meeting took place on the 17th of January at the IJJO’s head office in Brussels.  

The project has been carried out in order to contribute to the eradication of all forms of human rights violations within detention and custodial facilities in Kenya. It also aims to strengthen human rights defenders and the role of National Security institutions in promoting structural reforms within the detention facilities system and ensuring the compliance and enforcement of the Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya. Similarly the project addressed the delayed reforms and fragmented interventions within this system through the strengthening of the role of Human Rights Desks (HRD) and their coordination with different actors through an inter-agency approach, as well as the improvement of monitoring processes.

The IJJO research report ‘Human Rights and Deprivation of Liberty in Kenya’ provides evidence-based recommendations on human rights protection and prevention of their violation. Furthermore it presents facts to help develop strategies and actions plans, as well as monitoring and reporting systems. The report seeks to contribute to the implementation of human rights standards within the correctional system in Kenya and as a result, it is a useful tool for policymakers, institutional actors, NGOs and practitioners.

The ‘Strengthening Human Rights within Correctional Facilities in Kenya’ project is led by the European Committee for Training and Agriculture (CEFA), an Italian non-governmental organisation and in partnership with the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO). It was funded by the EU Delegation in Kenya, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), within the thematic programme ‘Non-state actors and local authorities in development’. 

The meeting, organised by the IJJO, gathered members of the CEFA, the European Commission (DEVCO), as well as members of IDAY International and the University of Leuven. The First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya & Mission to EU was also a participating guest.

The meeting provided a solid basis for developing best practices and synergies between the different institutions present and was a great opportunity for the project leaders to continue the work to further achieve the project's objectives.

The Minutes of this meeting can be downloaded here.