This is ongoing Project seeks to help the community in acquiring their citizenship rights with the help of well-trained paralegals. The main activities of the project include educating the public on citizenship laws and the importance of citizenship/nationality documents and providing paralegal aid to community members in need of such services.
De-registering Kenyans from UNHCR data base
There was breakthrough following the launch of vetting of double registration, the government has launched a process of deregistering genuine Kenyans from United Nation High Commission for Refugees.An estimation of 40,000 Kenyans who might have wrongly registered as refugees will be delisted in a month long program that will see all Kenyans vetted in rigorous process to regain their citizenship rights.Prior to the launched, Haki Na Sheria has been documenting those whose finger print were captured by UNHCR with view of assisting them regain their rightful citizenship.Victims have been struggling to shed refugee tag as they have been denied so many opportunities and citizenship rights including freedom of movement, right to vote, own a business or get formal employment.While trying to have finger prints removed from the UN agency’s data base, genuine Kenyans who would otherwise enjoyed their constitutional rights have become victims of cartels who demands substantial amounts as bribe with no avail.Doubled registered victims have become prisons in their own country as the government have been regarding them as refugee, the government’s launched on vetting was informed by majority of those affected were registered as minors.Kenyans want to refugee to get free food rations, free health, education as well as opportunity to relocate aboard.The exercise to deregister genuine Kenyans has come with huge relief for hundreds of people who risked being statelessness and hence the commencement of the program started with high spirit.The vetting is being conducted by multi-agency government personnel while haki Na Sheria team is closely monitoring the process.Questions asked by the vetting panel were largely revolves around citizenship and what necessitated one to go to refugee camp while knowing he/she was genuine Kenyan; the applicants were further asked their real names, refugees names, and that of their parents and their availability, education history, and the documents themselves.
Environmental Justice Project
Climate change is one of the most complex and urgent of global issues due to its potential impacts and the measures required to address those impacts. Both are potential game changers for the earth’s biosphere, ways of life, and economic development into the twenty-first century and beyond. Climate change is impacting countries throughout the world, particularly those with the arid and semi-arid areas, and its severity is only expected to increase.
Indigenous peoples and other marginalized communities from Kenya’s semi-arid and arid areas, have been suffering some of the worst impacts of climate change. Specifically, the poorer counties of Turkana, Isiolo, Garissa, Lamu and Kilifi, which are predominately inhabited by pastoralists, small scale farmers and fisher-folk communities, are significantly affected by the effects of climate change, in the form of displacement, food insecurity, resource-based conflict, failing rains leading to water scarcity and severe drought.
HSI is partnering with Natural Justice on this project which aims to understand the impacts from infrastructure and extractives on the environment and how this is exacerbated by climate change. The Project’s goal is to ensure that Indigenous peoples and marginalized communities in Kenya are empowered to invoke climate related laws, regulation and institutional accountability in development projects to improve their resilience to the impacts of projects and climate change.
Haki Na sheria organized cleaning exercise on World Environment Day