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 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 state violence of poor urban residents in Nairobi,sought to provide more insight with regards to torture and ill treatment among the urban poor.  

The research was carried out in March 2015 and sampled 500 households in Nairobi Eastlands. 57.2% (286) of the respondents were female while 42.8% (214) were male. 75.4% of the total respondents were 39 years of age and below, while 54.8% were heads of households. The research indicated that robbery had the highest prevalence in the neighborhood (mtaa) at 27.6% followed by fighting at 19.5% and threats/intimidation/harassment at 15.4%.

Almost of half (45.9%) of the respondents thought that perpetrators violence reside ‘within the immediate neighbourhood’ followed by ‘Outside the village/mtaa’ (32.1%) and ‘within the village mtaa’ (22.0%). The ‘immediate neighbourhood/mtaa’ was defined as the household within the immediate vicinity or about 10 households while ‘within the village/mtaa’ was understood as the entire settlement.

Asked if justice was served through police response, only 25.97% of those who reported stated that there was some form of resolution and felt that justice was served. Majority of those who felt that justice was not served indicated that the police did not conduct proper investigations or the perpetrators or their families compromised the police.

Present in the launch was The First Secretary Royal Norwegian Embassy Mr. David Jourdan who pointed out that relevant authorities can enhance the basic support structures both at national and community level in order to ensure that violence is reduced/eliminated among the vulnerable.

Present too was Chief Inspector Daniel Kariuki (OCS Soweto) who encouraged human rights organizations fighting against violence to work closely with station commanders as resource persons in matters relating to violence in their areas of jurisdiction.

The lead Researcher Ms. Catrine Christiansen, Danish Institute against Torture, DIGNITY, said almost half, 46 per cent, of the perpetrators of violence reside within the immediate neighborhood followed by those who live outside the village at 32 per cent.

Peter Kiama who was also a researcher in the study noted that policing initiatives must consider independent complaint and oversight mechanisms at community level to ensure compliance with the law and reduce involvement of law enforcement agencies in perpetrating violence.

Participants in the launch included various key partners in the policing sector including representatives from the NPSC, NPS and Usalama Forum, representatives from the Danish, Finnish and Norwegian embassies and the media.

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