Coinciding with UN Human Rights Day on 10 December last year, REDRESS and partners in Perú, Libya and Nepal launched an advocacy campaign to bring attention to the prevalence of torture in these countries. The campaign aims to foment stronger alignment of local laws with international standards, in particular, the UN Convention against Torture.
The video from Advocacy Forum features the experiences of several torture survivors from the recent armed conflict and calls for the criminalisation of torture in Nepal. Lawyers for Justice in Libya's video highlights the grave effect that torture is having on all of the Libyan population, not just those who are direct victims.
The video from la Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos in Perú calls for the enactment of the National Preventive Mechanism against Torture in a country where more than half of Peruvians live in fear of being tortured by their own authorities.
ACCESS bulletin features interviews with five former ICC judges
REDRESS has produced a special edition of the ACCESS bulletin which includes interviews with five former ICC judges and two ICC victims’ legal representatives, who have represented between them more than 20,000 victims in ICC proceedings.
The interviewees' first-hand experience of the victim participation system provides a useful lens through which the system and the proposals that have been put forward to improve it may be analysed.
Our new handbook aims to serve as a guide for victims of serious international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and enforced disappearance) who are interested in filing a formal complaint within the EU as well as victims who are already seeking justice through EU courts. It may may also be useful for victims that are seeking asylum as well as individuals living in another country outside the EU, but have information or evidence which suggests that those responsible for what happened are inside the EU.
UN demands investigation and prosecution in conflict-era killing of schoolgirl
A body of UN human rights experts has again found Nepal in breach of its international obligations for failing to respond to human rights violations during the conflict – this time in relation to the ill-treatment and killing of a schoolgirl by Government troops in 2004.
Failing to obtain justice in Nepal, the father of Subhadra Chaulagain, a 17-year-old girl who was brutally killed by Nepalese government troops - brought the case to the UN Human Rights Committee with the help of REDRESS and Advocacy Forum Nepal.
The Committee concluded this month that Nepal had failed to effectively investigate the case, denying Subhadra and her family justice. It urged Nepal to undertake an investigation into her killing and prosecute those responsible, and to provide reparation to her family.
Subhadra is only one of the three young people killed by government troops in her village that night. While five years ago a peace agreement brought an end to a decade of violent conflict between government forces and Maoist combatants- which saw thousands tortured and killed- not one person has been properly bought to justice since and impunity for serious human rights abuses remains the norm.
REDRESS presses the Netherlands to assist victim of torture in 'Bulgarian nurses case'
REDRESS has recently called on the Government of the Netherlands to take up Mr Ashraf el-Hagoug's case with Libya with a view to securing his right to reparation.
Mr El-Hagoug, a doctor of Palestian origin, was subjected to multiple incidents of torture, including severe sexual violence, in Libya from 1999 to 2007. He was involved in what came to be known as the "Bulgarian nurses case" and was sentenced to death by Libyan courts for allegedly spreading HIV/AIDS and causing the death of hundreds of children.
In 2007, Libya transferred Mr El-Hagoug to Bulgaria, largely because he had been tried together with the Bulgarian nurses and because Libya and Bulgaria signed a prisoner transfer protocol in 1984. Subsequently, after receiving a Bulgarian passport, he left Bulgaria and moved permanently to the Netherlands in October 2008.
In March 2012, Mr El-Hagoug was awarded €1,000 000 plus interest from a Dutch court following his successful claim against 12 named Libyan defendants, all of whom were former Libyan state agents. The UN Human Rights Committee, also in 2012, found the state of Libya responsible for multiple violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and obliged it to provide reparation to Mr. El-Hagoug.
Neither Libya, nor the named defendants in the Dutch civil claim, have paid any compensation to date despite these rulings and repeated requests to this effect by Mr. El-Hagoug’s lawyer and United Nations organs. There are no effective remedies in Libya that Mr. El-Hagoug can avail himself of.