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REDRESS is looking for runners for the 10K London run on 10 July 

REDRESS is in need of runners who are willing to run for us and help promote our mission!

We are urgently looking for runners for the 2016 10K London run which will take place on Sunday 10 July.

The running route will take you through the heart of the City of Westminster and the City of London and provide you with a fun and fulfilling experience!

We need to fill 5 spots that we have secured quickly!

If you need a good excuse to get back into shape or are already an avid runner then why not run for a good cause and support us in standing up for torture survivors and against impunity?

Please run for REDRESS and contact info@redress.org or call us at 0207 793 1777!


 

Workshop in Kenya with victims of post-election violence

REDRESS held a workshop on 11 and 12 May in Nairobi, Kenya, with 28 representatives of victims of the post-election violence. The participants were updated on the latest developments of the Kenya cases at the ICC by the court’s Common Legal Representative for Victims and had the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the victim representative of Kenya's National Consultative Coordination Committee on Internally Displaced Persons.


REDRESS and others human rights groups urge EU States to do more against impunity

On the first EU Day Against Impunity, which took place on 23 May in The Hague, REDRESS and others called on EU Member States to do more to track, investigate and prosecute suspects of atrocities perpetrated in Syria and Iraq found in EU Member States. In a joint statement, the organisations urged EU Member States to further enhance national prosecutions of crimes under international law and human rights violations.

The organisations urged EU Member States to consolidate the progress in the prosecution of crimes under international law by national courts in the last 20 years.

Juergen Schurr, REDRESS' Head of Law and Policy, also participated in a panel discussion entitled "National Jurisdictions in the Front line of Fighting Impunity: Lessons Learned, Contemporary and Future Challenges" in The Hague. Other panellists included Gerard Dive, President of the Belgium Task Force for International Criminal Justice; Stephen Rapp, former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, and Cristina Ribeiro, Deputy Head of Investigations at the ICC.

Read our joint statement

 

Case updates

REDRESS statement on parliamentary debate on the UK role in CIA renditions 

29 June 2016 – Today MPs will debate the UK’s role in the CIA’s rendition and torture programme, when the House of Commons holds an Adjournment Debate on this issue at the end of the day’s sitting.

Evidence of the UK’s alleged role in two rendition operations emerged in 2011, when following the fall of Col. Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, correspondence from MI6’s former head of counter-terrorism to Gaddafi’s spy chief was discovered. The correspondence revealed Sir Mark Allen discussing the role of UK intelligence in securing the arrival of what he described as the “air cargo”, believed to be Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and his pregnant wife, Fatima Boudchar, who had been rendered to Libya.

Commenting on today’s parliamentary debate, Carla Ferstman, Director of REDRESS, said:

Today’s debate in Parliament on ‘UK involvement in rendition’ is an important reminder that this matter has not yet been adequately addressed. Last week was the 10th Anniversary of the coming into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture which the UK Government has and continues to champion. Justice, truth and transparency are crucial aspects of prevention. Sometimes getting to the truth can be painful or difficult but it plays a crucial role in ensuring that unlawful practices are not repeated."

Read our full statement here


UN demands Iran release high-profile female political prisoner

In a strong opinion released on 26 May, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) orders Iran to immediately release and provide compensation to Kurdish women’s human rights defender Zeinab Jalalian  –  believed to be the only female political prisoner currently sentenced to life imprisonment in Iran. 

The UN body finds that Jalalian’s arrest and subsequent detention were arbitrary, that she was subjected to an unfair trial and that she has been subjected to torture and ill-treatment at the hands of Iranian authorities.

The opinion comes after the filing of a petition in March 2015 by REDRESS and Justice for Iran for the WGAD to intervene.

“Since her arrest eight years ago, Zeinab Jalalian has suffered severe human rights abuses at the hands of Iranian authorities, including torture, which have caused a lasting harm to her physical and mental health. As confirmed by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, there is no legal basis for her arrest and subsequent detention, and Ms Jalalian was merely targeted for her political activism. The Government of Iran must release her immediately to redress the harm caused to her, and provide compensation, as ordered by the Working Group,” said Carla Ferstman, Director of REDRESS. 

Read our full statement here.

 

 
 

 
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