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.

 

Mr Mwangi is an innovative, dedicated, diligent legal professional, with over 5 year’s global experience, working on advancing human rights. He has amassed expertise in law reform, democratic governance and constitutionalism.

He has worked extensively on projects seeking to ensure the realization of human rights. He has participated in key discussions with development partners and civil society organizations towards interrogating emerging trends in the realisation of human rights in Kenya and across the African Continent 

In 2018 & 2019, he was recognized as one of the top young lawyers when it comes to legal excellence by the Nairobi Law society of Kenya and he also graduated from the Young African Leaders Initiative 

He is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow 2019 and sits in the Working Group on Torture and Migration in Africa.

Mr Mwangi was recently appointed as an Expert Member of the Working Group on the Death Penalty, Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearance Africa at the Africa Commission on Human and People's Right (ACHPR).  

  

Tell us about your appointment of the Working Group on the Death Penalty, Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa?

In 2020 the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights put out a call for expert members Working Group on the Death Penalty, Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa and I submitted my application and got appointed in August. 

This has been a journey through my engagements with ACHPR where I was part of a team that drafted a report to the working group on the Death penalty, Extra Judicial killings and Enforced disappearance at the African Commission on Human and people’s Rights which led to the working group expanding its mandate to include Enforced Disappearance, I have also been a convener of the civil society in gathering data on extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance within East Africa and submitting it to the working group for them to be able to make an informed decision.

I have also been a strong advocate for the governments within Africa to document extrajudicial killings in line with the Minnesota protocol to ensure justice is realised and accountability within the security systems and to this end, I have been a presentation at the ACHPR. 

You are representing East Africa, what does that entail and what can we expect from you?

The working group is mandated to ensure the abolition of the Death Penalty and to monitor situations relating to extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances in Africa with all its ramifications; collect information and keep a database of reported instances of situations concerning extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances in Africa and collaborate with its stakeholders and partners including national governments, international and inter-governmental organizations for the successful fulfilment of its mandate.

Africa doesn’t have any guidelines that entail to enforced disappearance but through the working group expanding its mandate and recognizing that enforced disappearance is an international complex crime that constitutes multiple violations of several fundamental rights, including the right to liberty and security of the person, the right not to be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the right to life and the right to the recognition of the legal status, among others.

The Working group has been mandated within the next one year to come up with draft guidelines for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in Africa and I give input to the document and make it effective and efficient to the African People. I also plan to use my expertise in regional and international human rights law and forensic science to be able to ensure that perpetrators of EJE are held accountable. 

What do you think can bring an end to extrajudicial killings in East Africa?

We need to ensure that we have independent bodies that investigate and Prosecute EJEs and ED, Capacity build the institutions mandated to investigate and prosecute EJE and ED case, Establish and/or enhance witness protection programs and Judicial cooperation among the member countries to have witness protected in member countries, we also need to review our laws and policies to ensure that they can respond adequately to issues of EJE and enforced disappearance including providing reparation in its all forms.  

 

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