Human rights guardians feted, ahead of Day of Human Rights celebrations
SEE ALSO :Probe killings, say activistsThe adverse effects of the metal refinery led to active advocacy and lobbying by Nambo and her community. Threats and attacks Their struggle bore fruit in 2014 when the refinery was closed. She has endured verbal attacks, threats through texts and attempts to break into her home and had to seek refuge in Uganda. Is’shaq, a public relations manager working with indigenous communities in Lamu, is a human rights defender on environmental rights issues. He co-founded Save Lamu, an umbrella of CBOs established in Lamu in the onset of the Lapsset project. Save Lamu teaches the community on the environmental impact of the Lapset project and seeks legal redress for the locals.
SEE ALSO :Petitions filed over gender ruleHis work has earned him threats and police harassment which he has overcome through strategic partnerships with mainstream organisations like the NCHRD, Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri) and Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR). Receiving his award, he said it will legitimise his work and encourage other human rights advocates in Lamu. Christine Kandie won the Upcoming Human Rights Defender of the Year award. Kandie fights for the land rights of Endorois women and is the programme’s officer for the Endorois Welfare Council(EWC). She represented her community at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) session in 2011. Extraordinary work The objective of the award is to honour extraordinary work of human rights defenders who face a myriad of challenges in their calling.