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Strategic Priorities

Support to the Reforms agenda

Support to the Reforms agenda

To inform and influence the enactment and implementation of at least five (5) reforms on prevention and response to torture, violence and discrimination by 2021 Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Advocacy for enactment and implementation of at least 5 laws (2 new/pending policies and implementation of 3 existing laws)
  2. Media advocacy on public policy at county, national and international levels
  3. Treaty body engagements e.g. Africa Commission, EAC, UN, etc.
  4. Building and supporting advocacy partnerships at the local, national, regional and international levels
  5. Promoting strategic advocacy networks, collaborations e.g. PRWG, CBO anti-torture movements, etc.
  6. Occupation of critical advocacy spaces e.g. relevant State commissions
  7. Support perpetrators knowledge, attitude and behavior change initiatives
Redress and Rehabilitation

Redress and Rehabilitation

To improve access and utilization of holistic redress and rehabilitation services for at least 6,000 survivors of torture, violence and discrimination by 2021 Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Direct and holistic service provision to survivors (medical, legal, psychological and structured referrals for socio-economic empowerment)
  2. Promoting partnerships and networks for routine and urgent services
  3. Referrals for provision of services
  4. Enhance protection of witnesses, victims and HRDs
  5. Awareness and sensitization of survivors and general public e.g. use of IEC materials, media and community outreaches
Social Capital and Strategic Alliances

Social Capital and Strategic Alliances

To nurture social capital and active use of at least eight (8) strategic alliances for the prevention of torture, violence and discrimination by 2018 

Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Enhanced engagements with IMLU’s networks of professionals (lawyers, doctors, journalists, human rights promoters, counsellors and paralegals, among others)
  2. Continuous building of social capital through capacity building
  3. Structured engagements with other key actors (CBOs, NGOs, youths, academic institutions, professional bodies) at the national, regional and international levels
  4. Strategic physical presence and positioning in select counties across Kenya
  5. Building a constituency of survivors and families
  6. Media advocacy to enhance IMLU’s visibility at the county, national and international levels
Strategic information for Evidence based interventions

Strategic information for Evidence based interventions

To generate at least ten (10) research products and proactively use such strategic information to prevent and respond to torture, violence and discrimination by 2021

Key Strategies / Interventions

  1. Expand the scope of research to cover IMLU’s mandate in totality generating at least 10 research products
  2. Undertaking periodic torture survey every 5 years to inform programming and advocacy
  3. Research partnerships with academic, government agencies, renowned research institutional, associates and other professional bodies
  4. Develop IMLU’s internal research generation, utilization and dissemination capacity e.g. instituting a research desk / department
  5. IMLU’s resource center for operational, strategic and academic research


Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability

Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability

To enhance IMLU’s capacity to deliver on its mission and goals and institutional sustainability beyond 2021

Mission & Vision

To prevent and respond to torture, violence and discrimination by engaging with state and other nonstate actors in rehabilitation, redress, research, advocacy and movement building, capacity building, and accountability. Vision: A World free from torture, violence and discrimination

Journalists have been urged to be objective in their reporting especially during this electioneering year. Speaking during a Journalists cocktail, Kibra Member of Parliament who doubles up as a KEPHRA member said that the media have a key role to play in providing information and analysis, functioning as watchdogs and be a conduit for society’s voices. And in reference to the Prevention of Torture and the Coroner Service bills, he stated that being the voice of the society journalists need to understand the bills and educate the right holders and the duty bearers on the same.

He pointed out that through the media, atrocities have been exposed, e.g. cases of corporal punishment in schools and extra-judicial executions adding that social media is particular, has contributed greatly to this flight and is changing the political landscape. He encouraged the media to utilize vernacular radio stations which have a wide reach and should thus be used for positive influence and to make a genuine positive impact in society, and not to incite others to violence. He further encouraged journalists to give relevant news the attention it deserves, and specifically focus on reporting real issues, telling the true story and exposing EJEs, disappearances, torture and death.

Present at the Cocktail dinner was the Deputy CEO of the Media Council of Kenya who gave a few pointers which journalists must keep in mind during this election period and while reporting news on election related cases like understanding media law and study their code of ethics to effectively relay the news to the people.  He pointed out that Kenya needs a media policy to guide the workings of media houses and ensure that there is impartiality, integrity and honesty in how they deliver their news, since 2 families own 28 radio stations and 88% of media stations today are owned by politicians. “I encourage media personalities to preach peace and contribute to peaceful and fair elections however possible.” He said urging them to exercise professionalism impartiality and fairness when doing so.

The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) Secretary General Eric Oduor encouraged journalists to work really hard to build a brand that is attributed to the quality of ones work, and as well to be an authority in a particular area the media, giving examples of John Allan Namu and Mohammed Ali. He further urged them to be involved in the making of law and contribute to decision making through whichever means possible, for example the Prevention of Torture and the Coroners bills.

imluweb_backup has in the past three years invested in training journalists as it recognizes the important role played by reporters, columnists, correspondents, editors and other media practitioners who work to sensitize the public on human rights and thus putting the issues of access to justice on the radar of public debate in the country. The training have had an impact a there has been an increase in reporting of torture and EJE cases by the media. This engagement has helped place the organization in the public limelight as well as create public awareness on issues of torture.  So far imluweb_backup has trained and recruited 36 journalists from 27 Counties in its network of professionals.  

Present during the cocktail dinner were imluweb_backup network journalists, Nairobi-based journalists who are passionate about torture and human rights reporting and have been involved in human rights advocacy in the course of their work and members of the Police Reform Working Group.  


On Wednesday February 10th 2016, Justice Martin Muya of the High Court in Mombasa found guilty two former police officers, Veronica Gitahi (former DCIO Kinango) and Constable Issa Mzee,  with manslaughter...

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Briefing Note 1:                                June2016 The Kenya CSO Police Reforms Working Group (PRWG-K) held a two-day strategic retreat on June 23rd-24th 2016, to take stock of the first phase of police reforms...

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IMLU Launches F…

On 28th April 2016 (Independent Medico-Legal Unit) IMLU launched the first ever database on torture in Kenya in a colorful ceremony attended by IMLU donors, network professionals, friends and staff. This...

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The Police Reforms Working Group has strongly condemned the unlawful and excessive use of force and brutality exhibited against students by the GSU wing of the National Police Service of...

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Criminal Gangs…

The research titled: Violence Amongst the Urban Poor in Nairobi, was launched on February 23, 2016 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi County. The study whose objective was to explore the vulnerability to...

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Media Urged to …

Journalists have been urged to be objective in their reporting especially during this electioneering year. Speaking during a Journalists cocktail, Kibra Member of Parliament who doubles up as a KEPHRA...

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The Independent Medico-legal Unit launched its new Strategic Plan christened vision 2021 on November 28th at a colourful ceremony held at the Boma Hotel, Nairobi.While launching the Vision, the Chief...

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KENYA: 2017 ele…

Geneva-Nairobi-Paris, May 3, 2017 – The abduction, torture and killing of renowned Kenyan human rights lawyer Willie Kimani in June 2016 shocked the entire world, provoking a wave of outrage...

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Imlu to Launch …

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...

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Case Stories


05 October 2017

ABSTRACT This article discusses Group Therapy Model in addressing the long term effects of torture as applied in resource poor setting in an emerging democracy in Sub Saharan Africa. The...


05 October 2017

Sillah Muhia Kinyanjui, 59 was arrested by flying squad unit on 15th September 1997 at Hannah’s Lodge, Pangani area in Nairobi County, where he was visiting his sister who worked...

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