Hands Off Bill of Rights
On 27th August 2020, HAKI Africa in partnership with Pwani Social Justice Centres Working Group and other civil society organisations launched the “Hands off Bill of Rights” campaign to defend and protect The Bill of Rights under Chapter 4 of the Constitution.
Kenya adopted a new Constitution on August 27th 2010, following sustained demands for over two decades of major reforms. The country had suffered years of human rights violations, systemic corruption, deteriorating civic and political spaces, failing democracy, economic marginalization and tribalism.
The new constitution ushered in a new governance structure, devolving resources to the counties, creating independent constitutional commissions and a progressive Bill of Rights. While the talk of a referendum to change the Constitution gains momentum, as human rights defenders, we want to ensure that the Bill of Rights remains intact and no one touches or changes it in any way.
As we celebrate 10 years of the Constitution, we say Hands off the Bill of Rights.