REDRESS is partnering with Human Rights Watch Film Festival to present Patricio Henriquez’s film: "Uyghurs, prisoners of the absurd". The film recounts the journey of 22 members of China’s Uyghur minority who having fled repressive authorities in Beijing, happen to be in Afghanistan during October 2001 as US-led forces invade Afghanistan in search of Osama Bin Laden.
From here they are drawn into an unbelievable odyssey. Sold to US forces, they are illegally detained at Guantánamo for years. Focusing on three of these “survivors of the absurd”, the film guides the viewer through the labyrinth of contemporary geopolitics as the filmmaker lays bare the worrisome drifts in the the fight against terrorism.
The UK premiere of "Uyghurs, prisoners of the absurd" will take place on Sunday 22 March 18.00 at Curzon Soho and Tuesday 24 March 18.15 at Ritzy Brixton, followed by a Q & A with filmmaker as part of Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Check out our new handbook for torture survivors compiled through the experience of torture survivors in the UK and expert input. It contains useful information for torture survivors, their families and friends, community members, and front-line service providers and advisors who work closely with survivors. In it, you can find information on how to access medical and psychological rehabilitation and care to address the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of torture survivors. It details the steps needed when regularising a victim’s immigration status or applying for asylum and seeking advice on social welfare, employment, or education. Information on victims’ right to justice, reparation, and accountability for what they experienced is also provided as well as information on resources where survivors can seek further support and assistance.
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.
Sudan: important decision by African Commission for human rights defenders
REDRESS and other human rights groups welcome the African Commission’s decision that recognises Sudan’s obligation to protect human rights defenders to ensure their valuable work promoting and protecting the rights of others is not impeded.
The decision, published on 13 February 2015, calls on Sudan to investigate and prosecute the security and intelligence officials alleged to be responsible for the arbitrary arrest and torture of three prominent Sudanese human rights defenders; to reopen an NGO that was closed in relation to the arrests and to provide compensation to the victims.
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) filed the complaint to the Commission. It was supported by REDRESS, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
The complaint was filed on behalf of Amir Suliman, Monim Elgak and the late Osman Hummaida. In 2008, they were arrested, detained and tortured by Sudanese security and intelligence officers for their supposed cooperation with International Criminal Court investigations into a pending case against Omar Al Bashir, President of Sudan, for international crimes committed in Darfur. After their release, they were forced to flee Sudan due to fear of further persecution, given the impunity enjoyed by security services and the inaction of the Sudanese government.
Photo credit: ACJPS
REDRESS and Reprieve urge African Commission to call for Tsege’s release
REDRESS and fellow human rights organisation Reprieve have submitted a complaint on behalf of Andaragachew Tsege to the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) to call on Ethiopia for his immediate release and repatriation to the UK.
Anadaragachew Tsege, now a UK citizen and father of three from London, is a prominent figure in Ethiopian politics, and well-known for his criticism of human rights abuses there. On June 23 2014, he was abducted by what is believed to be Yemeni intelligence while in transit at Sana’a International airport on a flight to Eritrea. His whereabouts remained unknown for two weeks after the abduction and he has remained in incommunicado detention in an unknown location in Ethiopia ever since.
Despite repeated efforts, the UK Ambassador was only granted access to see Angaradachew 50 days after his abduction, where he was brought to a police detention centre in Addis Ababa. Mr Tsege says that he has no idea of the charges against him. He has not had access to a lawyer or to independent medical treatment. There are grave concerns for his safety as he was previously detained and assaulted in custody in Ethiopia due to his political activism. In 1979, he was granted asylum in the UK.
Photo credit: www.freeandargachew.com