Agenda 8

Justice, Human Rights and Democracy


Kenya believes strongly that peace and security, development and human rights are mutually reinforcing and will champion a people-centered, Sustainable Development approach to securing peace. Peace, security and stability cannot be enjoyed without Justice, Human Rights and Democracy

  • Kenya believes strongly that peace and security, development, and human rights are mutually reinforcing. Is committed to a functioning, values-based global order. Human rights are the foundation of our global coexistence. Gender equality and the self-determination of all women and girls, social inclusion as well as economic, social and cultural rights are among the fundamental values which Kenya stands for.

  • Kenya has a fully functioning democratic governance system that is evolving, underpinned by the principles of constitutionalism guaranteeing civil, political, social and economic rights, as well as fundamental freedoms of all its people. Kenya is party to numerous UN and Africa Union human rights treaties.

  • Kenya is actively engaged in the work of the key human rights organizations. This includes serving as a member of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights from 1984-1986, 1992–1994 and 2001-2003. Kenya has also been actively involved in United Nations reform processes and in particular, the establishment of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

  • Kenya was elected to the UN Human Rights Council for a three-year term; 2013–2015 and re-elected for the period 2016-2018. Kenya believes that it can provide significant added value to the Human rights agenda in this era of change in international affairs.

Kenya's Achievements under Justice, Human Rights and Democracy


Contribution to the Global human rights agenda

Kenya has served two terms at the United Nations Human Rights Council where it contributed immensely to the promotion and protection of human rights globally.

Support for the rights of people with disabilities 

Kenya is member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities from 2019 and has been instrumental in the monitoring of the implementation of the Convention by the State Parties.

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