Vivienne Westwood, Nigel Rodley, Manfred Nowak and Louise Arbour join as Patrons
Designer Vivienne Westwood, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and professors Nigel Rodley and Manfred Nowak have joined REDRESS as Patrons. Westwood is one of the most influential British designers of our time and a champion of civil liberties while Arbour has had an illustrious career devoted to promoting the principles of justice and universal human rights. Rodley and Nowak are renowned world experts on human rights. Their addition brings to three the number of former UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture among our Patrons, which includes Professor Theo van Boven.
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."
Global Sharing of Expertise – Experts Meeting & House of Commons event
12-13 March 2014 - REDRESS and its partners CNDDHH (Peru), LFJL (Libya), Advocacy Forum (Nepal) and IMLU (Kenya), held a two day meeting, which brought together 20 NGO partners and anti-torture experts from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Middle East, the Balkans and Russia to discuss strategies for collaboration within the framework of the Global Sharing of Expertise project, which is being funded by the European Commission. Roundtables were held on five topics: on victims of torture, patterns and practices of torture, torture in post-conflict settings, domestic and international litigation, and access to rehabilitation.
On 12 March, a public roundtable in the House of Commons was convened in collaboration with the All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) on 'Reducing vulnerability to torture: Challenges to UK's foreign policy”. The event offered an opportunity for REDRESS’ partners to raise issues relating to the UK’s foreign policy; in particular the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s anti-torture strategy.
See our events page for more details.
See the joint letter sent to the Rt Hon William Hague MP 3 of April 2014.
Pinochet-era torture survivor receives reparations
7 February 2014 - One of our clients, Leopoldo Garcia Lucero, today formally received his reparations for torture and a formal apology at the Chilean Embassy in London, over 40 years after he was arrested, and over 12 years since we began supporting his case. Mr Garcia was subjected to enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, physical and psychological torture and other ill-treatment in various Chilean concentration camps under the Pinochet regime for more than a year.
For more on Mr Garcia’s case, click here.