Finland Donates 2 Million Euros Towards Human Rights and Access to Justice Program in Kenya
2nd September 2013, Nairobi:
The Government of Finland has supported UNDP Kenya's Human Rights and Access to Justice programs by donating 2 Million Euros (Kes. 260 Million) towards increasing national capacity in state and civil society oversight mechanism. The program works closely with Commissions mandated by the constitution (Article 59) to monitor implementation and operationalize the bill of rights include the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC ), the Commission on Administrative Justice also known as Ombudsman.
Speaking during the signing ceremony at the United Nations office in Gigiri, the Finland Ambassador to Kenya Sofie From-Emmesberger lauded the Kenya constitution as the very progressive in modern democratic nations as it expresses the bill of rights as an integral part of Kenya's democratic state and framework for social, economic and cultural policies, but there is still need to ensure that the poor and marginalized have equal access to justice and human rights. “The project Support to the Realization of Human Rights and Access to Justice in Kenya contributes to the realization of the Constitution of Kenya as the Article 59 Commissions play a vital role in its implementation. It also incorporates human rights based approach into government actions and offers a viable source for citizens to make use of their rights.” Says; H.E. Mrs. Sofie From-Emmesberger.
While appreciating Finland's support, UNDP Kenya's UNDP Resident Representative ad interim Maria-Threase Keating said there was need to assist institutions that have a key role to play in ensuring rule of law and advancing the rights of the Kenyans. She said "since its inception in 2012, the project has already made substantial achievement including increased number of citizens being able to access information and advice as well as seek remedies for human rights and administrative Justice Violations."
The project is supported with funding from the Swedish government, UNDP and the Finnish Government who provided 1 million Euros for the project in 2012 and are now continuing their support with additional funding to contribute towards the fulfilment of human rights in Kenya.
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