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.