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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

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 Kenya on Monday the 4th of April 2016 at the precincts of University of Nairobi.

In the incident, a contingent of Police Officers heavily armed with anti-riot gear, batons and guns arrived at the University of Nairobi to quell a riot by some students who were protesting against the outcome of the Students Organization of Nairobi University Election results.  Instead of quelling the riot, the police officers entered the University of Nairobi premises and proceeded to unlawfully eject students from the Library, Lecture Halls and halls of residence.  It is alleged that the officers destroyed property; stole mobile phones, laptops and other valuables and subjected female students to sexual harassment and violence. The officers also rounded up the students, forced them to lie on the roadside and caned them with batons causing them to suffer severe injuries. Some of the students were forcefully arrested and bundled onto waiting police trucks and driven to different police stations.

In a press conference held at the Independent Medico-Legal Unit, the PRWG-K stated that the National Police Service as established by Article 243 of the Constitution of Kenya are mandated to exhibit the highest standards of professionalism and discipline amongst members, comply with the constitutional standards of human rights and fundamental freedoms amongst other obligations. Part Four of the National Police Service Act prescribes the general duties of a Police officer in exercising his or her mandate in the course of law enforcement. More importantly, the sixth schedule of the National Police Service Act provides for clear guidelines on the use of force by Police Officers.

The group noted that the conduct of the Police Officers on 4th April 2016, was not only in breach of the Constitution, national legislation, international policing standards, and regional and international human rights instruments but it also undermined the rule of law, the integrity of the National Police Service. The group stated that the officers’ actions beg the question whether ongoing police reform processes have had any impact on the officers and the ethos of the service. Adding that the incident raises questions on the level of preparedness and sobriety of the National Police Service in dealing with political campaigns and other assemblies associated with the upcoming elections.

“We are greatly dismayed by the arrogance and impunity displayed by the Police Officers,” said the group, calling on the Director of Public Prosecution to prosecute Police Officers based on the recommendations made by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA).

Further, the PRWG-K urged the National Police Service Commission to institute disciplinary actions against Police Officers involved and in particular, the officer with command responsibility over the operation and the Internal Affairs Unit to conduct an audit of the police operations at the University of Nairobi and issue a public statement on its findings and recommendations to avert future incidents especially in sensitive environments such as institutions of higher learning.

The group pointed out that failure to hold the Police Officers accountable will only entrench a culture of impunity within the National Police Service and undermine the hard fought gains of reforming the police from a force to a service.

The group summoned up the students and other members to go forward and provide information to the various bodies and institutions investigating the matter. “We urge the students of the University of Nairobi to seek other lawful means to raise their grievances rather than engaging in wanton destruction of property, looting and interrupting the lives of Kenyans going about their business.” They concluded.


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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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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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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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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


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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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