Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-KENYA)

Mandate and goals :
– To develop, strengthen and protect the principles of the rule of law in Kenya. – Develop, maintain and protect the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession in Kenya.
– Protect and promote the enjoyment of human rights in Kenya and Africa.

Kind of actions :
– Legal research and analysis.
– Citizen empowerment and sensitization.
– Advocacy.
– Capacity building.
– Impact litigation.
– Monitoring evaluation and reporting.

ICJ Kenya has organised consultative forums with other civil societies working on abolition of death penalty in Kenya, capacity building workshops for Judicial officers and members of the Parliamentary Caucus on human rights on the international human rights principles and the proposed sentencing policy guidelines.
ICJ-Kenya has participated at the world congress against the death penalty and is a member of the east African regional coalition against the death penalty. Participation at the Human Rights Council Review in Geneva on 25th January 2015. Participation at the East African Judges and Magistrates Conference held in Zanzibar in 2013.

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Contact informations

Laikipia Town Houses, House No. 4
Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
59743-00200 Nairobi
Phone +254 720 491 549



Kenya – Committee Against Torture – Death Penalty – March 2022

on 18 March 2022


NGO report

World Coalition

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

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Kenya has not carried out any executions since the late 1980s. Nonetheless, Kenya continues to hand down the death penalty as a sentence in criminal cases. Accordingly, this report recommends that the Committee Against Torture recommend that Kenya formally abolish the death penalty, commute the sentences of all persons on death row, and revise laws to remove capital punishment from the list of principal sentences. Kenya should further take steps to prohibit introduction of evidence obtained through torture and ill-treatment in criminal proceedings and to ensure that all persons at risk of being sentenced to death have access to well-qualified legal counsel with adequate funding for a thorough pre-trial investigation. Kenya should ensure that no person is removed to a country where they may be at risk of being sentenced to death, and should take concrete steps to ensure that conditions of detention for persons under sentence of death comply with the Nelson Mandela Rules.

  • Document type NGO report / World Coalition
  • Themes list Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment