Kenya’s already weak voting record on country situations further deteriorated in 2014, placing its record among the weakest within the African Group.

Voting Record in 2016

Voting Record in 2015

 2014 Analysis

Kenya’s already mixed voting record concerning country-specific resolutions further deteriorated in 2014. Kenya shifted from abstention to opposing the Sri Lanka resolution, after supporting a hostile move to adjourn the debate on that resolution. In addition, Kenya abstained (or did not vote) on all resolutions addressing the human rights crisis in Syria, as well as all other resolutions voted under Item 4 and 10, including on North Korea, Iran, Belarus and Ukraine. However, Kenya voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories (OPT). The contrast between Kenya’s votes on the resolutions on the OPTs and its votes on all other situations raises serious questions about double standards and selectivity in its approach to the Council.

By failing to support any country-specific resolutions, other than those addressing the situation in the OPT, Kenya now ranks as one of the states least supportive of the Council’s mandate to address country situations.

Kenya also failed to co-sponsor any resolutions other than the ones supported by the African Group.  Kenya did not intervene in any of the country-specific debates of the Council, although Kenya did support convening of the special session on the Central African Republic.

The profound lack of engagement by Kenya on country situations is greatly concerning. Countries that seek membership to the Council should not be passive spectators to these crucial subjects that the Council is mandated to address. Kenya should commit to implementing the Council’s full mandate and basing its positions on an assessment of the situation on the ground, the needs of victims, and the international obligations of the government concerned. 

Voting record in 2014

Support for key joint statements in 2014

2013 Analysis

Kenya abstained on the resolutions on Sri Lanka, Iran and Belarus and had an inconsistent voting record on the human rights situation in Syria. Kenya did not support the joint statements on Bahrain and did not join the call for the Security Council to refer the Syrian case to the ICC.

Kenya voted in favor of half the resolutions on Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, abstaining on the others.

Kenya was the only African member state that did not intervene in any of the debates on country situations in the Council in 2013. Kenya co-sponsored 10 country-specific resolutions on African countries, all under agenda item 10. Kenya could improve its engagement on country situations by participating in the discussions on these situations at the Council and broadening its support for resolutions that respond to human rights violations in country-specific contexts.

Voting record in 2013

Support for key joint statements in 2013