Identity Statement of HURIA

Human Rights Agenda (HURIA) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan Non Governmental Organization (NGO) committed to advancing human rights and strengthening capabilities of state and non-state actors with a view to enhancing the greater realization and equal enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, other laws and the international human rights instruments.

Emergence and Establishment of HURIA

Based at the Coast of Kenya, HURIA was founded immediately after the 2010 referendum as response to the dictates of the new constitutional order in the Country. The organization was found by a group of seasoned human rights activists and concerned citizens to create an additional platform to empower Coastal communities to take advantage of opportunities offered by the new constitution in improving the state of their livelihoods.
HURIA, the organizations’ name acronym is a Swahili word synonymous to freedom. The formation of the organization hence signifies the inauguration of a novel struggle by Coastal people in pursuit of greater realization and equal enjoyment of human rights and social justice at the Coast of Kenya.

Legitimacy of Representation

HURIA draws its mandate from the Public Benefits Organizations Act and the NGO Coordination Act of number 19 of 1990. The organization is legally mandated to undertake its work in all the six counties in the Coast region. It has currently entrenched a strong outreach base in four Counties, which include Mombasa, Taita Taveta, Kilifi and Kwale.

Our Mission

To promote human rights culture embedded on respect and responsibility for the greater realization and equal enjoyment human rights by all through all levels of society

Our Vision

A cohesive society entrenched on a human rights culture and sustainable development

Our Core Values

1. Equality and Non-discrimination
2. Respect for Human Rights and Dignity
3. Collective Responsibility
4. Transparency and Accountability
5. Participation
6. Responsiveness
7. Partnership and Networking
8. Innovation

Our Goal

HURIA’s inspiration is to advance and enhance state and non-state actors capabilities to participate effectively in all aspects of promoting, applying and interpreting the constitution in conformity with the national values and principles of governance.


Our Strategic Objectives

Strategic Objective 1:

To enhance the capabilities of the poor, marginalized groups and traditional institutions in promoting access to justice in the Coast by 2019

Strategic Objective 2:

To engage state and non-state actors including the private sector in formulation, implementation of policies and legislations on Economic and Social Cultural Rights (ESCR) at the Coast by 2019

Strategic Objective 3:

Establish participatory monitoring and evaluation systems for ESCRs programmes and policies at County and Pwani levels by 2019.

Strategic Objective 4:

To promote public participation in the management, protection and equitable sharing of accrued benefits of natural resources.

Strategic Objective 5:

Enhance the institutional and resource mobilization capacity of HURIA to become a model and sustainable human rights organization in Kenya by 2019.

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