Kenya’s human rights record is currently being discussed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
Foreign Affairs CS is leading the Kenyan delegation drawn from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Department of Justice and the National Police Service in presenting Kenya’s human rights country status report at the 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council at E40 Palais de nations in Geneva, Switzerland. UPR is a UN peer review mechanism mooted in 2003.
Protection of civil liberties and buttressing constitutionalism, downgrading the death penalty, recognition of transgender rights which featured as a distinct demographic for the very first time in the 2019 population and housing census, protection of the child, promotion of women and youth, the sustained war on negative cultural practices like FGM and child marriages, protection of the right to life and expansion of space for civil society and media are some of the highlights of Kenya’s national progress since cycle 2 as outlined by CAS Ababu in his address to the plenary of the council at E40 Palais de Nations in Geneva.
Ababu amplified the Big4 Agenda championed by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta as particularly standing out as a unique platform for enhancing enjoyment of the socio-economic rights of all Kenyans in the pursuit of universal healthcare, affordable housing, food security and manufacturing to grow the economy and expand job opportunities for Kenyan youth.
Ababu further briefed the UN Council on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which he emphasised as a historic initiative spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta to place Kenya on a trajectory of peace, unity, stability and shared prosperity for all 47 million people of Kenya.
On the sidelines of the review sessions, CAS Ababu also met and held talks with UNCTAD Secretary General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi in his Geneva office. The two discussed key global issues, including the upcoming 15th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) scheduled for Bridgetown, Barbados in October 2020 where President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to pass on the baton to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
The preliminary review report on Kenya’s human rights status will be released by the council on Tuesday January 28.