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.

 

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) planned to observe its annual Legal Awareness week from 12th to 16th October 2020. This week has been observed for decades by LSK with the goal of educating the general public on a broad spectrum of legal issues. Further to the LSK mandate, the five-day event was aimed at extending legal literacy, and providing pro-bono legal services to the public in a bid to accelerate access to justice. In keeping in line with movement building with lawyers, IMLU partnered with the Law Society of Kenya to commemorate the annual Legal awareness week.

This partnership is hinged on collaborative and cooperative effort in legal aid service provision. The collaboration has been a good opportunity to promote IMLU’s mandate and to create awareness on the support for victims of state perpetrated torture, violence and discrimination. During the week, IMLU’S Redress team officered legal aid at the Nakuru High Court Law grounds. The services were offered in tents with various legal aid providers such as the Egerton University Legal Aid team, National Legal Aid Programme team and the Rift Valley Law Society.

Redress team received 60 clients from various areas such as Sacho, Baringo Central, Egerton, Lanet, Nakuru tow, Bahati and Kapseret. These clients indicated that they learnt about the provision of legal aid through; Kass Fm, information shared by monitors while others were informed by court officers. Activities undertaken by IMLU included offering pro-bono legal advice and guidance, documentation of cases, referral of cases that did not align with IMLU’s mandate while disseminating the IEC materials on torture, RIPOTI app and the Coroner’s Act.

However, this year saw a drop in the number of turnout from public members who sought legal aid. This drastic drop in turnout was mainly linked to the rise in the COVID19 cases. As the various legal aid teams wrapped up the week, it was noted that better public mobilization and dissemination will be required for the next annual Legal Awareness week. The teams further suggested that local radio channels as well as social media should be used to inform the public of any upcoming legal aid weeks.

More so, it was learnt that, for legal aid purposes, the strategic stationing of the legal aid providers should be considered as a priority. The substratum for legal aid provision is to have a legally-informed and empowered community that makes choices about their rights and obligations whilst demanding justice, accountability and effective remedies across the board

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