During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in less than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on independence of judges, 2000
Kenya circulated a note verbale informing UN member states of its candidature for membership of the Council for the period 2016-2018 in July 2015. The note verbale was not accompanied by voluntary pledges and commitments.
Kenya tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015, on 12 October 2012.
The first part of the document presents Kenya’s general legal and policy framework for the promotion and protection of human rights, and a description of its commitment to universal norms (e.g. which instruments it has ratified). The main part of the document sets out concrete pledges and commitments ‘to further advance human rights at the regional and international levels, and further enhance human rights at the national level.’
However, most paragraphs are a restatement of existing commitments. Kenya makes only 8 concrete pledges for further action to contribute to the fuller enjoyment of human rights domestically or internationally. Of those, only 2 are somewhat ‘specific, measurable and verifiable:’ a pledge to play an active role in mediating and helping resolve regional conflicts with a view to protecting human rights; and taking steps to reform and strengthen the country’s judiciary.