Foreign Affairs CAS Hon Ababu-Terrah Namwamba, EGH is currently in Geneva, Switzerland, leading a strong Kenyan delegation to the UN Human Rights Council for the 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR). CAS Ababu left the country on 22nd January 2020 for the High Level participation in the UPR, important for Kenya as the country is vying for a seat on the UN Security Council.
The UPR is a unique process that involves review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States and provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights.
According to United Nations Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review is a State-driven process, under the Council’s auspices, as one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.
Undergoing the UPR is one of the International obligations under the United Nations Human Rights Council and thus all members of the United Nations undergo the review on their implementation of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms
Kenya will be reviewed on 23rd January 2020 at the UN Complex in Geneva, and the country outcome report discussed on January 28th. The Kenyan delegation which led by Hon. Ababu Namwamba includes senior officers from the Attorney General’s Chambers (State Law Office) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.