KHRC Position on the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission

The KHRC is a non-governmental organization with the mission to entrench human rights and democratic values. The KHRC believes that transitional justice and pro-citizen reforms are pointers towards a democratic and human-rights centred state in Kenya. For the last ten years, the campaign for a victim-centred Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) has been one of the major transitional justice projects for the KHRC and other human rights and victims organizations in Kenya.

Since the debate on the credibility, legitimacy and integrity of the Commissioners to the TJRC began after their appointment in July 2009, the KHRC has advocated for a conflict of interest policy within the TJRC. The KHRC took this position with an expectation that such a policy will enable the Commissioners who are adversely mentioned during the work of the Commission to step aside or withdrawal from the related matters. This was based on the evidence we had at that time and the pragmatic expectation that it will enable the Commission to move on with its work, while at the same time, resolving the emerging or underlying issues.

Following the recent reports by the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC), Release Political Prisoners (RPP), members of the Kenyans for Peace, Truth and Justice (KPTJ), among other partners, on the integrity and credibility of the chair, Mr. Kiplagat, the KHRC has so far reviewed and confirmed that some of the allegations against the chair in regard to his involvement in historical land injustices and political assassinations are credible.

On historical land injustices, Volume 1 of Annexes to the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Illegal and Irregular Allocation of Public Land (Ndung



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