REDRESS receives EIDHR grant to fight impunity with partners
Despite near universal recognition of the prohibition of torture, torture remains a reality in many countries. Thanks to generous funds from the European Union's European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) REDRESS and several partners have embarked on a three-year project to fight impunity for torture in countries around the world, including in Perú, Libya, Kenya and Nepal. Some of the partners we are working with include Advocacy Forum (Nepal), the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (Kenya), the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (Perú) and Lawyers for Justice in Libya (Libya).
MacArthur Award recognises REDRESS' work around the world
REDRESS was one of the recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2011. The $500,000 grant from the American foundation has supported our work seeking justice for victims of torture around the world. Robert Gallucci, its president, said: “These exceptional organisations effectively address pressing national and international challenges and they have had an impact that is disproportionate to their small size."
New strategic plan defines REDRESS' work over the next three years
On 15 April 2014, REDRESS trustees adopted a new strategic plan, which will guide the organisation over the next three years. Staff and trustees worked together to come up with a plan that best reflects REDRESS' key attributes and strengths, and takes into account the range of challenges in the fight against torture worldwide.
The Strategic Plan 2014-2017 is available here.
REDRESS continues to seek justice for torture survivor from Cameroon
31 July 2014 - REDRESS continues to seek implementation of the UN Human Rights Committee’s (UNHRC) Views in the case of Ebenezer Akwanga, an activist from Cameroon. In 2011, the Committee found in a unanimous decision that Cameroon had breached Mr Akwanga's right to be free from torture and had failed to afford him a fair trial.
Mr Akwanga was subjected to torture and other human rights violations by Cameroon over the period 1997-2003. Although he was a civilian, he was tried before a military tribunal and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, four of which he spent in jail. Previously, he had spent more than two years in detention, where he was held incommunicado and tortured, including by having melting plastic bags dripped onto his bare thighs.
In May 2011, the UNHRC called on Cameroon to review the case in which he was convicted and imprisoned, to investigate the torture and hold those responsible accountable, and to pay him adequate compensation. Cameroon has not yet taken any steps to comply with any of its obligations. REDRESS continues to seek justice for Mr Akwanga and has filed a further submission with the UNHRC expressing the need for Cameroon to comply with its obligations.
See our submission to the UNHRC, 31 July 2014
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