Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji is the 2021 Jurist of the Year.
He was recognised by the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) for his transformative approach, vigilance in the protection of the Constitution, courage in defending the voiceless, and humility in his service of the people.
“In the spirit of promoting transparency and accountability, our Jurist has ensured the ODPP is more easily accessible to the public by facilitating access to information through various communications strategies,” ICJ-Kenya noted.
It was a great pleasure for me to hand over the #JOYAwards2021 Award to Noordin Haji, @ODPP_KE for his outstanding commitment to end impunity. Congratulations Mr. Haji and personal thanks to all the human rights defenders in Kenya for the important work you pursue. @ICJKenya pic.twitter.com/4h9JDVZy7R
— Henriette Geiger (@EUAmbKenya) December 11, 2021
“Despite several storms that have emerged during his tenure, our Jurist has remained steadfast and continued to work beyond his call of duty to protect the integrity and independence of the ODPP as prescribed in the Constitution 2010 and provide quality prosecution services to all.”
“Our Jurist has demonstrated and exemplified commitment and ability to remain relentless with zeal and zest, thus ensuring to leave a positive and equally indelible mark in the criminal justice sector,” stated the non-governmental organization with the mission of promoting human rights, justice, and democracy.
The Jurist of the Year Award is an annual award that seeks to recognize, acknowledge and encourage jurists who have consistently, fearlessly, and impartially promoted the rule of law and human rights in Kenya.
The award is given out on December 10, each year since 1993, to commemorate and honour the United Nations International Human Rights Day.