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

Vision

A World free from torture, violence and discrimination

Mission:

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.

 

Torture is an issue of profound global concern to the entire international community. Torture destroys not only the emotional and physical wellbeing of the person but negates the inherent dignity of man. The prohibition against torture is a peremptory norm of international law. No state can justify torture under any circumstances.

The absolute prohibition against torture as a right under international law means, in simple terms that is inexcusable. This absolute ban is enshrined in the most important international and regional human rights instruments. Kenya has ratified other international human rights instruments which also outlaw torture. These include the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) whose article 5 provides that no one shall be subjected to torture or cruel inhuman treatment.

Similar provisions are outlined under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in particular under article 7 and article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR). The implication for Kenya on signing and ratifying these instruments is that it obligated and not only bound but required to domesticate the provisions into its municipal laws. This is based on the recognition that these human rights instruments contain an embodiment of rights for the protection of individuals against infringement or violation in any way by the state.

As countries combat and confront the scourge of torture and related incidences of cruel and degrading treatment, it is arguable that legitimate national security needs versus public anxiety and the desire for retribution may give rise to the temptation to sacrifice certain fundamental rights. This temptation must be vigorously resisted. The right not to be tortured or mistreated is not a luxury that can be dispensed with, but the very essence of a society and worth defending.

The horrific practise of torture continues to afflict people across the globe. But a world without torture is possible. That is something we must always hold on to. We owe it to the victims and survivors of this heinous crime around the world.

A world without torture will not become a reality until we have brought healing to those who have been subjected to this appalling practice. Without healing, the effects of torture are all too likely to continue within the survivors. Each year over 100,000 survivors of torture receive treatment from IRCT member centres. But there are many more. Together, we must work to increase our reach to bring healing to the greater numbers who suffer.

In bringing about a world without torture we must work to ensure that the mechanisms are in place to prevent it from happening in future. We will take a meaningful step towards this when governments, the health and legal professions and other relevant actors are committed to ensuring that all torture survivors have access to justice. This must include children, torture’s oft-forgotten victims. While anyone can become a victim of torture, children are especially vulnerable, in particular those countless girls and boys born into poverty and conflict. In the context of war and police brutality children much too often find themselves violated at the cruel hands of a torturer.

Torture is both physical and psychological. Torturous acts may be in the form of words, physical assault and or denial of a basic need like food, water or light. The methods employed are as diverse and advanced as can be imagined. This is because, in some countries, the torture methods to be used are developed by doctors, who would know how much pain the human body can endure and the effect of such pain.

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