In two recent high-profile cases, the International Criminal Court has ruled that the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi will stand trial in Libya while Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan leader, will be tried for crimes against humanity in The Hague. Are these decisions reconcilable?
On Monday 22 September, an event in Chatham House will explore these issues and whether concerns over Libya’s ability to guarantee a fair trial matter to the ICC.
The event will take place from 17:30 to 18:45, and will be chaired by Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG. REDRESS Director Carla Ferstman will be one of the expert speakers, along with Professor Kevin Jon Heller of SOAS and Melinda Taylor. The event is accredited with 1 CPG point and is held in association with Doughty Street Chambers.
For more information, contact Catherine Wanjiku on +44 (0)20 7314 3686 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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10 October, London - REDRESS is convening a free workshop titled 'Austerity and Legal Aid: Impact on the Vulnerable'. Topics covered will include accessing welfare and housing, and challenging the detention of vulnerable individuals. RSVP to email@example.com
We are also organizing a free seminar on justice and reparation with Matrix Chambers on 9 October in London.
James Lewis is running five marathons before he turns 25 to raise money for REDRESS' work on behalf of torture survivors. His next big challenge is the Warsaw Marathon on 28 September.
If you want to make a difference to the lives of torture survivors, please help James raise funds on his JustGiving page.
"If you could give any pennies you have, that would be great," said James. He explained that he wanted to support REDRESS because "organisations such as yours do crucial work for people who do not have access to justice easily."
REDRESS is among the proud recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. In 2011, REDRESS received a $500,000 grant from the American foundation for effectively addressing pressing national and international challenges and having had an impact that is disproportionate to its small size.
REDRESS to intervene in post-election sexual violence case in Kenya
2 September 2014 - REDRESS has been granted permission to intervene as a third-party in ongoing proceedings before the High Court in Kenya concerning a constitutional petition filed by civil society organisations and sexual violence victims against various representatives of the Kenyan state.
The petitioners claim that Kenyan authorities failed to protect victims of sexual violence during the post-election violence in 2007/2008, when numerous forms of sexual and gender-based violence were committed against women, men, girls and boys, including rape and forced circumcision. They also claim that authorities have not fulfilled their obligation to investigate and prosecute sexual and gender-based violence afterwards and to provide reparations to the victims.
In its intervention, REDRESS will address the international legal framework as well as international and regional jurisprudence on the state obligation towards victims of sexual and gender-based violence, with a focus on reparation measures.
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29 August 2014 – The International Criminal Court is currently deciding on how best to enable victims to apply to participate in the trial of Bosgo Ntaganda, who is facing charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the conflict in Ituri, north-eastern DRC, in 2002-2003.
REDRESS is seeking to intervene in the case as a third-party, along with Avocats Sans Frontières, in order to highlight practical issues relating to the two different application and participation systems under consideration, and in particular, a possible tiered application and participation process.
REDRESS has experience working closely with victim communities and the intermediaries working with them in numerous ICC countries, including DRC, Kenya, Uganda and Ivory Coast. We propose to consult victims and other stakeholders in the Ituri region about the practical issues that may affect them in participating in the case.
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