HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY PROJECTS (HRAP)
According to the Equitas, International Human Rights Training Program Resource Manual (Equitas: International Centre for Human Rights Education, 2009), advocacy is a set of organized actions aimed at influencing public policies, social attitudes, or political processes. Advocacy includes but is not limited to, enabling and empowering people to speak for themselves, giving support to a policy and persuading those with activists and high networked individuals to act in support of the policy at local, national, and international levels.
Over the years that the Foundation has worked with prison staff and offenders, it has continually intervened to ensure that offenders do not become victims of human rights violations and that the duty bearers are equipped to address rehabilitation in adherence to human rights best practices.
However, there is a lot to be done due to challenges occurring because of offender population increase, delayed justice, clean water and sanitation and psychosocial malfunctions among the prison staff. Therefore, the Foundation will engage more in the promotion of human rights in institutions holding offenders in Kenya in partnership with like-minded organizations.
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Rehabilitation and Reintegration thrive in an environment that upholds human dignity and exercises restraint in the application of excessive force while ensuring that conditions for offenders’ lives are favourable. The Foundation will partner with target government institutions and agencies to facilitate a conducive environment for staff, offenders and children in conflict with the law
Objective: To promote and protect the rights of offenders and children in conflict with the law in 70% target women prisons, 100% youth and children institutions and 40% men prisons in 5 years.
- Training correctional staff on human rights
- Establishing and strengthening human rights desks
- Establishing and strengthening EWRM forums and committees
- Training of paralegals in unreached prisons
- Celebrating international days. (International Day of the African child, Human Rights Day, Prisoners justice day)
- Improved staff-offender relationships
Over the strategic plan period the Foundation will engage with the relevant authorities to dialogue and reflect on legal hindrances to effective and efficient offender rehabilitation and reintegration with the aim of introducing amendments to the legal statutes and their subsequent implementation.
Objective: To identify, carry out representations and lobby for gaps changes in CAP 90, 92, 64 and 141 laws of Kenya and the children’s Act No. 8 of 2011.
- Identify the practices, culture and gaps in CAP 90,92,64,141, the children’s Act No. 8 of 2011, and influence decision making
- Facilitate review of laws and policies
- Advocacy through the directors and commissioners for policy implementation
- Functional policy implementation in support of rehabilitation & reintegration.
WE`VE HAD TANGIBLE IMPACT OVER THE YEARS