The Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU)

General Information
Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU), founded in 1992, is a registered non-governmental organization that seeks to promote the rights of torture victims, public interest litigation and protect Kenyans from all forms of State perpetrated torture by advocating for legal and policy reforms.
It also monitors government adherence to human rights, rehabilitates victims of torture and capacity building of key stakeholders.

In the 1990s, most of IMLU's work centred on providing medical assistance to victims of the tribal clashes that rocked most of the Western and Rift Valley provinces and the victims of the State repression of the February Eighteenth Revolutionary Army (FERA). The victims were tortured, jailed without trial or jailed on trumped up charges while others disappeared with not trace.

Since then IMLU has continued to document torture cases and use legal redress and advocacy to seek justice for torture survivors. Over the years, IMLU has developed the capacity to rehabilitate torture victims through provision of medical and psychological treatment, facilitating legal action and documenting torture cases in Kenya. From a small unit providing services on volunteer basis, IMLU has developed a regional reputation as an anti-torture organization in Kenya.

IMLU's vision is to promote a torture free society. Our mission is to promote the rights of torture victims and protect Kenyans from all forms of state perpetrated torture by advocating for legal and policy reforms, monitoring government adherence to human rights, rehabilitating victims of torture and building the capacity of key stakeholders.

IMLU's mission is to promote the rights of torture victims and protect Kenyans from all forms of state perpetrated torture by advocating for legal and policy reforms, monitoring government adherence to human rights, rehabilitating victims of torture and building the capacity of key stakeholders.

Focus Areas
Rehabilitation and advocacy.

Main Activities
Medical and psychological treatment, legal advice, litigation, community advocacy.

Contact Information
Address: David Osieli Rd, Off Old Waiyaki Way Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya 254
Telephone: +254 020 445 05 98

Website
www.imlu.org

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