Right to Protest Observers Project – Call

Application deadline: May 5, 2024 (11:59 p.m.)

Amnesty International Kenya invites interested volunteers to join our Protests Observation Project. Those who succeed will join a group of human rights observers who will attend assemblies, protests, or demonstrations to monitor, collect and document incidents.

This work aims to contribute to protecting and respecting Rights and fundamental freedoms as provided for under the Bill of Rights in the Kenyan Constitution 2010. It is also geared towards supporting activists, unionists, students, and other social movements, helping hold violators of the right to protest accountable, and sustaining Amnesty’s research work around civic space.

CONTEXT: This Observer Programme is part of the global Protect the Protest campaign. It aims to ensure everyone can participate in and organise peaceful action and make their voices heard safely and without negative repercussions.

Amnesty International has been chosen globally to implement a pilot project in coordination with its International Secretariat and a group of experts. In the first week of June, the team of observers in Kenya will join the Amnesty trainers for a two-day training in Nairobi. This training aims to prepare the participants and form a community of Amnesty Kenya protest observers.


This call is intended for people with the following profile:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have experience in participating and organising public meetings and demonstrations, have collaborated in civil society organisations, have knowledge or training in human rights (preferred);
  • Be available on the face-to-face training days in Nairobi, Starting June 3, 2024, to June 7, 2024.
  • Be available and ready to volunteer to observe protests/ meetings/demonstrations in their counties when and if they occur.
  • Be able to secure a commitment to participate actively and regularly in the Observer Group for at least one year;
  • Understand the English language (written and spoken) – as part of the training will be in English;
  • Have the ability to work in a team and be proactive and responsible.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of all data and information collected.

What For?

After the training, the group will observe protests and other public demonstrations in their home counties in consultation with Amnesty International Kenya.

The duly identified observers will collect written and multimedia information coordinated by a member of Amnesty International Kenya.

The information collected at each observation session will be recorded for analysis and dissemination as part of Amnesty International’s research work.

Practical Questions

Any observation action will follow the following guidelines:

  • The priority will always be the safety of the group members.
  • Throughout the observation sessions, the group will be in permanent contact through a closed communication platform.

To apply, complete this form by 11:59 p.m. on May 5, 2024.