The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights’ Sexual and Reproductive Rights Public Inquiry Repor
In 2011, in response to a joint request by the
Center for Reproductive Rights and the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya (FIDA
Kenya), the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights commenced a public
inquiry into “the extent and nature” of sexual and reproductive rights
violations in Kenya. The goals of the national inquiry were to assess the
extent to which the government and non-state actors were complying with their
reproductive and sexual rights related obligations, document rights violations,
and issue recommendations to key actors to redress these violations.
The Commission gathered information through desk
research, field interviews, consultations with key stakeholders, and public
hearings. The Commission’s in-depth report, published in 2012, reveals the
Kenyan Government’s failure to adequately respect, protect, and promote women’s
reproductive rights. The report’s recommendations call on governmental and
non-state actors to remedy this failure and to ensure the government’s
compliance with its obligations under the Kenyan Constitution and international
human rights law.
This fact sheet highlights key findings and
recommendations from the Commission’s 2012 report, focusing on family planning
and maternal health care services, sexual violence, sexual minorities,
vulnerable and marginalized groups, and the affordability of sexual and
reproductive health services.