The Independent Medico-legal Unit will soon launch a mobile app that Kenyans can use to report incidents of torture and other cases of human rights violations. imluweb_backup Executive director, Peter Kiama, said that the app, dubbed 'Ripoti', will help reduce the fear among Kenyans when reporting such cases to relevant authorities.
"There are so many people who witness these violations but they are not able to report them. With over 20 million people in Kenya having a mobile phone, leveraged on this to increase reporting and be able to establish the level of abuse," Kiama said.
The app, which is available on the Google app store, enables users to take pictures, videos and audio recordings in real time or from one's gallery after which one sends it to imluweb_backup. The app was developed in partnership with Strathmore University. Currently, the app is undergoing a pilot test.
"Once someone downloads the app, they will need to register by creating a username and password after which they can share photos, audio or videos of the violations. Further, the app has a panic button that alerts imluweb_backup when the user is in distress." Kiama said.
All messages sent to the app will be monitored by imluweb_backup team and feedback provided to the users. The app will provide the location and perpetrator’s identity for imluweb_backup’s course of action and follow up.
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