University Hosts Screening of the UN Human Rights Universal Review Proceedings

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The University hosted the screening of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) proceedings for Kenya presented by the AG, Githu Muigai from Geneva, Switzerland on January 24, 2015.

Locally, the screening held at the Learning Resource Centre Auditorium was hosted by the Centre for Social Justice and Ethics (CSJE) with other partner agencies in attendance. These included; KHRC, KNHRC, Pax Romana, Edmund Rice Advocacy Network, Franciscans International , the Office of Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Franciscans Africa (JPICFA) and the French Embassy.

While making opening remarks, Sr. Dr. Elizabeth Nduku the Director CSJE said given that the last review for Kenya was made just upon the inauguration of the new constitution and thus, the current review would be like an evaluation of whether the constitution, through the agency of the State, delivered on its human rights promise.

She said that the screening had been a culmination of a process that started in 2010 and hoped that the same will happen during the next review in four and half years. Sr. Nduku said that her centre had introduced the UN Human rights mechanisms as part of their human rights units for the Bachelor’s Degree in Justice and Peace and the corresponding diplomas.

While closing the forum, the University VC, Msgr. Dr. Pius Rutechura expressed his hopes that the screening of such a proceeding would encourage citizen participation in the matters discussed and hence contribute to the transformation of the world.

The VC challenged those present to ‘develop further their existing networks, collaborations and coalitions around the human rights mechanisms of the UN’. “Let the devolved system be an avenue to monitor the state performance at the grassroots level. Let all Kenyan citizens’ count in this global dispensation” he added.

The French Ambassador, Remi Marechaux while alluding to the recent terrorist attacks in France said that there was need to carefully discern the line between human rights and terrorism threats. He urged that in these processes, ‘the voice of every Kenyan needs to be heard’.

After the screening a panel led discussions on the Kenyan presentation and also fielded questions from the audience. This panel included, Kagwiria Mbogori, Chair KNHRC, Atsango Chesoni, Chair KHRC, Hon. Cecilia Ngetich, MP Bomet County, Hon. Isaac Mwaura, MP Persons with Disabilities, Kinuthia wa Mwangi, Chair Transitional Authority, Judy Oloo, Law Lecturer CUEA and Hon. Hassan Omar, Senator Mombasa County.