The East Africa Centre for Law and Justice (EACLJ) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, whose main role is to promote and defend human rights across the length and breadth of Kenya, as well as the general East African Community. EACLJ has been operational since 2010, and is a locally registered Trust that has engaged with various relevant state and non-state actors; in the quest to promote the rule of law and Justice in Kenya.
The EACLJ engages in legal, legislative and cultural issues through the following:-
- Engaging in High Impact cases and constitutional petitions aimed at ensuring implementation of the Constitution; with a view of protecting, promoting, defending and fulfilling human rights.
- Engaging government and the legislative arms through petitions, memoranda and submissions on bills and policies aimed at ensuring the fulfillment of human rights and freedoms.
- Lobbying state agencies and non-state actors for the promotion of justice and addressing injustices in marginalized groups.
- Conducting civic education forums across the length and breadth of Kenya with the object of sensitizing the public on their rights and the provisions of the Constitution of Kenya.
In the scope of our work, we partner with different organizations and groups which include;
Churches; EACLJ conducts civic education forums in and for churches in Kenya on the Constitution and laws about religion, life and family. The churches also instruct EACLJ as their legal representatives in matters to deal with their faith and the legal fraternity.
Kenya Christian Professionals Forum (KCPF); an association of Christian professionals from various denominations sharing the common values on issues of family, life and religious freedom and social justice. EACLJ also partners with KCPF in litigation matters affecting the Christian religion such as petitions to laws or regulations that seem to be misguided and discriminatory to the religion.
Samburu Girls Foundation (SGF); a non-profit organization, founded by Dr. Josephine Kulea. They are focused on rescuing girls from child marriage, beading and female genital mutilation (FGM). EACLJ has partnered with SGF to conduct rescues missions, Civic Education programs on the issues of early marriages and female circumcision in Samburu, as well as providing legal services for the cases on FGM and early marriages.
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR); a human rights institution established under article 59 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and guided by the United Nations-approved Paris Principles. EACLJ engages with the Commission as a partner in the Complaint Referral forum; which brings together Government, Intergovernmental and Non-governmental organizations, for the exchange of cases and complaints from members of the public on Human Rights issues.
Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK); this is a National Umbrella organization for evangelical churches in Kenya, with a membership of 308 denominations. EACLJ works with the EAK as their legal advisors and representative.
To be a resource of credible and reliable information for members of society and policy makers
- To teach and train members of society to engage in policy and legislation, beyond participating in elections
- Lobby the Government during the policy making process to ensure the ultimate protection of families
- To engage the County Assemblies, the National Assembly and Senate to pass legislation that will guarantee civil liberties as well as protect the citizens from exploitation by State or individual
- To continually inform the public on issues that are of importance to them and society as a whole.
- To be a hub for the East African region as our democracies mature and develop.
- To collect and provide information on best practices to ensure the stability and continued peace in the region