Pursuing safer communities through public-police partnership and in accordance to Article 244 of the Kenyan Constitution on citizen participation on policing matters.
Through engagements with the National Police Service, Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) and the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU), we continue to advocate for the right to compensation and reparations for victims of torture.
As a strategy to get a strong foothold in the coastal region, we held a training for lawyers from the region and who have since been admitted to the IMLU network of pro bono lawyers. They will provide support to victims and survivors of torture, violence and discrimination.
Through the Police Reforms Working Group (PRWG-K), we have been able to engage and sustain a discourse with the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) pertaining to the general welfare of police officers. We advocate for better housing for the officers, psycho-social well-being of officers and proper training guidelines for officers.
Through our engagement with the National Police Service (NPS) and the various surveys we have carried out, we have been able to identify different capacity-need areas for police officers. This has enabled us tailor training packages for police officers in select stations in Nyeri, Isiolo, Nakuru, Kisumu and Baringo counties. These areas range from the Human Rights, the GBV Guidelines and the Service Standing Orders (SSOs).
In the spirit of tacking the struggle to the grassroot and community mobilising, we are partnering with the various social justice centres to monitor, document, report and respond to cases of torture, violence and discrimination. This is through the able support of the Social Justice Centres Working Group.
IMLU in partnership with the KMA Human Rights Committee hosted the 2nd committee meeting, which brought together doctors from various counties. Among the key issues on the agenda included but were not limited to the 46th KMA international Annual Scientific Conference to be held on 18th – 21st April 2018. The committee welcomed two new members: Dr. Robert Gitonga – Nyahururu and Dr. Winnie Ogendi – Nakuru. Among the upcoming activities for the 2nd quarter, are one CME in Nairobi in the month of May as well as the KMA scientific conference themed ‘Health Financing towards Universal Health Coverage’ where IMLU will present a poster on The Cost of Torture.
In the spirit of movement building and in line with our Vision 2021, we held a strategic session with 22 legislatures (MPs and senators) on 14th February 2018 in Nairobi County to deliberate on the operationalization of the County Policing Authority (CPA) structure at the county level and the National Coroner’s Service Act 2017 and the Prevention of Torture Act 2017. The participants were members of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committees, the National Security Committees, a delegation from the Kenya Parliamentarians on Human Rights Association (KEPHRA) and civil society organizations.
The meeting aimed at soliciting and consolidating the support of parliamentarians towards ensuring that the CPA structure gets sufficient funding and that its implementation is fast-tracked.
During plenary session, Hon. Gideon Ochanda, the Secretary of The Kenyan MP’s for Sustainable Development Goals noted that there are no clear guidelines on the level of engagement for the new governors. This is because to the new Governors the whole CPA structure is alien. He further requested that Alternative Dispute Resolution should be integrated in the CPA structure. Hon. Ochanda stated that there is need to appreciate that different counties have different needs and some don’t consider security as a serious need. The budget allocated to counties also consists of funding for security but in some counties this is not fully utilized.
Further the MP’s agreed that there was a need by the members to sell the CPA agenda wholesomely to governors during the Council of Governors meeting. They reiterated that justice is managed differently in different counties and that the implementation of the CPA will make a big difference for the citizens.
In 2017, IMLU recorded 152 cases of extrajudicial execution in Kenya bringing the total to 764 since 2013. Being one of the most reliable voices on torture and extrajudicial execution cases in the country, IMLU was invited to the Forum Syd Conference at the Kenya National Theatre from 31st January- 1st February 2018 with the theme being Extrajudicial Execution.
As one of the key pillars of IMLU's Vision 2021, the organisation supported the 2018 All Kenya Moot Court Competition held at Kenyatta University's Law Campus, Parklands. This year's theme was 'Striking the Balance Between Respect for Human Rights and Maintaining National Security'.
The Kenyatta University- School of Law has for the last four years hosted the annual All Kenyan Moot court competition (AKMCC). The competition involves 12 accredited faculties of law in Kenyan Universities.
On 23rd and 24th March 2018, the 6th edition of the All Kenyan Moot Court Competition went down under with IMLU being honoured for having supported the competition being expertise of the thematic areas. The event was graced by the outgoing AG. Githu Muigai and Hon. Justice Kimaru among other invited guests.
The meticulous research and written submission done by the competitors brought out key issues and in the process created wide awareness of the laws relating to extra judicial killings as it relates to international human rights protection.
The arguments advanced by the competitors brought out the challenges experienced in an effort to curb extra judicial killings such us, ineffective investigations and prosecutions of suspected police officers.
Kabarak university competitors emerged winners of the AKMCC 2018.