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


A World free from torture, violence and discrimination


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 Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) in collaboration with other human rights organisations commemorated the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture in an event that brought together victims of torture, human rights defenders, civil society organisations, government agencies that included the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) and development partners. This year’s global theme was Support Life after Torture. IMLU’s theme was Reparation and Compensation for Torture Victims, an issue that the state has performed dismally, despite the fact that the President instructed the National Treasury in 2015 to establish a Restorative Justice Fund worth Kshs. 10bn

The event saw two of the ten survivors of torture awarded fair judgments by the court and received close to Ksh.20M speak about their experience in the hands of the perpetrators and how life has changed for them. The court awards have not been disbursed by the Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya.

The meeting was attended by among other dignitaries the UN Senior Human Rights Advisor- Marcella Favretto, the Secretary General of Kenya Medical Association (KMA) Dr Peter Kigondu and Kenya National Commission on Human Rights’s Senior Human Rights Officer, Mr. Charles Kigotho. While making her key remarks she underscored the need for continued collaboration between different stakeholders in the fight against torture in the country.

“The UN and International Community have all agreed that no situation justifies the use of torture,” she said.

She further stated that the UN will continue supporting the work and advocacy by the different stakeholders to ensure that preventive measures are put in place to end the vice and that the torture victims and survivors get justice. 

As a culmination of the meeting, the 10 torture victims presented a petition to the KNCHR through its Senior Human Rights Officer, Mr. Charles Kigotho asking the government to disburse their compensation. While receiving the petition, Kigotho said that KNCHR will work in collaboration with other stakeholders to ensure that the victims get justice.

He also highlighted on the KNCHR’s efforts to collaborate with the Office of the Attorney General to ensure that such victims get fair compensations as have been awarded by several courts.

Speaking at the same function, IMLU’s Executive Director Peter Kiama underscored the need for the Attorney General to hasten the compensation and reparation process for torture victims as this would give hope even to those who have not yet come out and reported their ordeals.

“As campaigners against torture, one of the tools that we must effectively use is the new law, the Prevention of Torture Act 2017. This is a legislation that provides for redress and reparations, as provided for under the UN Convention against Torture, the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and the Victims Protection Act 2014. This will include compensation as well as medical and psycho-social rehabilitation”, he added.


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