OUR PROJECT PROFILES
Muslims for Human Rights
MUHURI has for the last two decades engaged in different projects with far-reaching impacts across the Coast, and Garissa county. This section provides a brief summary of some of the key projects we have (and/or are currently undertaking) undertaken.
1. SAFEGUARDING DEMOCRATIC SPACE IN KENYA (SADES-K) PROJECT
SADES-K’s goal is to enhance Kenya’s ability to hold a national conversation on reforms and national cohesion and to safeguard democratic gains. It hopes to tap into the existence of a conducive political environment to push for a national dialogue on governance reforms, social and ethnic cohesion, protection of civic space and independent media.
Considered a bridge in the program between 2017 and 2022 elections, SADES-K is divided into four thematic areas:
- Kenya’s governance architecture revisited and strengthened
- Social and ethnic cohesion strengthened.
- Civic and democratic space protected
- National conversation and implementation of outcome monitored for accountability, learning, and scale-up.
MUHURI’s focuses on the third thematic area, to enhance Civil Society Organizations, government, and media relationships in human rights and the rule of law.
The project counties are Tana River, Garissa, Lamu, and Taita Taveta, while the activities are, among others:
- Training on compliance and human rights documentation.
- Continuous technical support, coaching and mentoring of the CSOs and HRDs.
- Media training on human rights and the rule of law.
- Consultative forums between the CSOs, media and government officers.
- Community and public forums on the work of human rights defenders.
2. NORAD PROJECT
Religious Minorities: Overcoming Divides, Respecting Rights
This two-year project seeks to overcome the human rights violations suffered by religious minorities and African Traditional Religions communities.
MUHURI is the lead-partner for the Norwegian-funded project. Other implementers are Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, Islamic Relief Kenya, Tangaza University College, and the Supreme Council of Kenya (Supkem). Operational areas are Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Garissa, Mandera, and Nairobi.
The venture supports dialogue between minority faith groups and state institutions, which are intended to positively influence the implementation of laws concerning minorities’ rights.
The project’s outcomes include, among others:
- Improving inter-faith working relationships locally and nationally.
- Enhancing awareness of decision-makers and public audiences on the common ground between faiths and constitutional rights, and on the relevant best practices in promoting minorities’ rights at a local and national level.
Project activities are, among others:
- Coaching and training faith leaders.
- Interreligious dialogue workshops.
- Specialist workshops.
3. JUSTICE FOR PEACE PROJECT
The United States Department of Bureau of Counterterrorism and Violent Extremism funded this project. Its objective was to increase constructive engagement between criminal justice actors and communities at risk of VE on the Coast.
The project, which MUHURI conducted in partnership with Search for Common Ground Kenya (SFCG), and Kwacha Africa ended late this year after 22 months.
The project’s scope of the operation was Mombasa, Kwale, and Kilifi, while the objectives included:
- Increasing access to information on and understanding of justice-related VE drivers and counterterrorism (CT) legislation and processes in Kenya.
- Enhancing dialogue and collaborative relationships between key actors in the criminal justice sector and in at-risk communities towards joint, effective solutions to mitigate VE drivers in target counties.
With support from SFCG, MUHURI sought to achieve the objectives through these activities:
- Conducting learning sessions for key actors in at-risk communities
- Conducting joint planning workshops
- Conducting community legal information sessions
- Conducting Court User Committee (CUC) sessions.
These are the key highlights of the project:
- Three learning sessions for key actors in at-risk communities one conducted in each county.
- Triple joint planning workshops for key actors in both at-risk communities and justice sector actors in each of the three counties.
- Eighteen CUC meetings in each of the three counties.
- Three biannual CUC sessions in Mombasa.
- Some 120-community legal information (maskani) sessions across the three counties.
- Three pre-planning meetings for the roll-out of the community legal information sessions (maskani sessions) in each county.
- Seventeen rotational project coordination meetings.
- An annual reflection meeting.
4. INUKA PROJECT
This is a youth-focused community peacebuilding project which, together with four partners, MUHURI is implementing in Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, and Lamu. Search for Common Ground Kenya (SFCG) is the lead-partner. Human Rights Agenda (HURIA), Humanity Activism Knowledge and Integrity in Africa (HAKI Africa), and Kiunga Youth Bunge Initiative (KYBI) are other implementors.
This project wants to increase the effectiveness and inclusiveness of community peace and security efforts involving vulnerable and marginalized youth on the Coast.
The project pursues these three interrelated specific objectives:
- Strengthening the capacity of and coordination among community-based youth and youth groups to be more active and effective in peace and security efforts in their communities.
- Increasing awareness of at-risk youth to positively contribute to peace and security.
- Create opportunities for at-risk youth to engage with youth peers and local leadership in peace and security efforts.
- Youth leadership training
- Youth-led restitution training and small group discussions
- Adult Outreach workshops
- Consultative forums with youth representatives
- Peer-to-peer problem-solving forum
- Supporting grassroots youth-led community initiatives on peace and security
5. ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROJECT (AJP)
MUHURI has identified access to justice as a priority in order to realize its mission and vision. Through our work in the coastal region, we have become one of the key players in the justice sector bringing together other justice actors to work together to promote access to justice for locals. In the last four years, we have networked with justice actors including the police, probation officers, prisons officers, and the judiciary in the region to address the bottlenecks in the administration of justice. Through this project, MUHURI seeks to continue with this work and introduce new ideas that will fortify the justice sector and promote constitutionalism and rule of law.
Goals and Objectives of the Project
The goal of the project is to ensure the right to a fair and speedy trial as guaranteed in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (Article 50) through the promotion of human rights and legal literacy at the courts, police stations and prisons. The project also seeks to reduce gross violation of human rights from taking place at detention centres and establish coordination among the criminal justice actors and enhance access to justice for all. The following are objectives for the project:
- To work with justice actors at both county and national levels to promote pre-trial justice and provide a platform for their further engagement and partnership on pre-trial detention justice matters.
- To influence justice reforms, laws and policies that will need to be reviewed under the new constitution and ensure they promote pre-trial justice.
- To provide legal assistance to individuals in conflict with the law at both pre and post-trial periods and take up strategic litigation to advance pre-trial justice issues.
- To raise legal awareness and reduce ignorance of the law in communities.
- The following are some of the key activities defining this project:
- Paralegal Trainings
- Para legalism at Police Stations, Courts, Prisons and within Communities
- Legal Aid Clinic Program (LACliP)
- Street Law Program
- Strategic Litigation/Legal Aid Support
- Justice Stakeholders Support
- Government Officers Trainings
- Production of simplified Legal Education Materials
6. LAND AND ADVOCACY PROJECT (LAP)
MUHURI has been championing for the land rights of the local people for over a decade. Throughout this period, we have remained steadfast in ensuring that the local communities benefit from land use and ownership. As an organization, we have been vocal in demanding that land use at the Coast considers the interests of the local and indigenous communities. We have been successful in stopping multinational companies from unfairly evicting communities from their ancestral lands, repossessing public land grabbed by politicians and tycoons, stopping senseless and unjust evictions and contributing to the enactment of the current land laws. MUHURI is today one of the leading human rights organizations in the region advocating for the land rights of the local people and ensuring that they are involved in the management and utilization of land resources.
Goal and Objectives of the Project
The goal of the project is to build upon past work undertaken by the organization on land rights and consolidate the gains made so far to realize land reforms at the Coast that will see historical injustices addressed and the local communities benefitting from and a new land tenure system. The project will also seek to empower local communities to be at the forefront of championing for their land rights. The project’s objectives are as follows:
- To promote land ownership by community members from the Coast of Kenya;
- To build the capacity of Coast CSOs and county officials on land issues and community land rights;
- To advocate for the repossession of grabbed public land; and
- To link up land rights activists at the Coast of Kenya and build a network that is fostered on sharing experiences
7. PEACE AND SECURITY FOR DEVELOPMENT (PSD)
MUHURI has been working on peace and security issues in the Coast region for the last 10 years. During this time, our peace initiatives have contributed immensely to the peace and harmony that the region has enjoyed. Through our engagement with communities and linking them up with security authorities we have been able to narrow the gap between the people and the government. We have undertaken thousands of activities in which the police and the people were able to engage and pass out crucial information which helped in provision of security. We have also advocated for the rights of the people when they were arrested by the police and continued to follow up on this through the judicial process. Our efforts to also improve the welfare of those working with the police force have been exemplary. Besides calling for increase in the salaries of security officers, MUHURI has also advocated for better working terms. As an organization, we have also undertaken trainings for security officers on human rights, paralegalism and the law.
Goal and Objectives of the Project
The goal of the project is to safeguard human rights in the fight against terrorism and to promote partnership between the people and security authorities in counter terrorism efforts. Its objectives were as follows:
- Educate the public on the effects of terrorism and how they can help fight terrorism
- Create linkages between communities and authorities in the fight against terrorism
- Advocate for the rights of suspects as provided for by the Constitution of Kenya
- Ensure communities grievances are addressed by the authorities whenever they are raised
8. FATF PROJECT
The intersection of the financial action task force processes and non-profit organizations while safeguarding civic space in East Africa
Kenya is amember of the Financial Action Task Force of Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAMLG), a FATF-style regional body. FATF is an intergovernmental body that sets standards in preventing anti-terrorism financing and anti-money laundering. It develops and promotes policies to protect the global financial system against money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The FATF recommendations are global anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CFT) standard.
Kenya is currently on the FATF list of countries, with strategic AML and CFT deficiencies. The latest FATF Mutual Evaluation Report of 2011 rates the country as being Non-Compliant on R8, says the Non-profit organizations (NPOs) sector in Kenya is not subject to the requirements under R8.
During the evaluation, Kenya did not have an operational FIU. Authorities have been asked to quickly establish the FRC in a manner that is consistent with the FATF Recommendation 26.
We are implanting this project in Nairobi, Central, and Coast.
Objectives of the project
The overall objective for this project is to create awareness and provide a platform for NPOs in East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) to engage in the FATF processes and build strategies for defending the civic space by preventing money laundering and terrorist financing.
These are the activities for the project:
- Capacity building sessions for FATF processes.
- Identifying key stakeholders to advocate for the FATF process.
- National consultative and advocacy meetings with the Financial Reporting Center.
- Developing IEC materials.
9. Ms President
In 2019, “Ms. Presdent” Reality Show premiered on KTN, with a 26-episode that culminated in the announcement of Nereah Amondi Oketch as the winner – a vote of confidence that her ideas to change the country resonated with the audience.
The action from these series targeted outreach and community mobilizing in three, violence-prone Coast counties – Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa.
The targets for Ms President are female, and the overriding aim is to emphasize the peacebuilding role of women and demonstrate that women can – and should – play a leadership role, not only within their communities but also in governing the entire country.
The project addresses the drivers of conflict and violent extremism in Kenya. First, it counters the divisive narratives used by extremist groups to create divisions amongst ethnic, religious and socio-economic groups. Second, it focuses on breakdowns in community and citizen-state relationships, as well as the sense of marginalization and exclusion that is experienced by individuals with limited economic prospects.
Muhuri implements this project in partnership with Media Focus on Africa.
Muslims for Human Rights - MUHURI
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