When hope and history rhyme: Hope, Power and Using the Essential Arsenal that is the ICC
In commemoration of 17 July’s International Justice Day, Director of REDRESS Carla Ferstman reflects on the International Criminal Court’s (ICC’s) revolutionary potential and our duty, 18 years on from its establishment, to continue to be inspired and challenged by expectations for the ICC to deliver justice to victims of the most heinous international crimes. A contribution to our 20th anniversary blog series When hope and history rhyme.
Read the article here: http://bit.ly/29Ts4Cd
REDRESS and CNDDHH video denounces use of torture to quash social protests in Peru
Click on the above picture to watch our latest video, as part of our campaign to fight impunity around the world.
This video was produced in partnership with REDRESS in the UK, la Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos in Peru and WITNESS in New York. It draws attention to the increasing use of torture and ill-treatment by the police and the military to quash social protests in Peru.
WITNESS, a charity that uses video and online technology to raise awareness of human rights abuses, provided video training to human rights activists in Peru in 2015 so that they could produce this video.
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.
Lithuanian court prevents secret detention and rendition victim from participating in investigation into CIA secret prisons
1 July 2016 - Today, a Vilnius Regional Court has issued its final rejection of REDRESS’ application for victim status for Mustafa al-Hawsawi in a pre-trial criminal investigation into CIA secret prisons (also known as black sites) in Lithuania. This status would have allowed Mr al-Hawsawi to participate in the ongoing investigation, including to request access to pre-trial investigation material and to make requests to expand the investigation’s scope. Read our statement here
REDRESS statement on parliamentary debate on the UK role in CIA renditions
29 June 2016 – On 29 June MPs debated the UK’s role in the CIA’s rendition and torture programme. The House of Commons hel 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 the 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."
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,” said Carla Ferstman, Director of REDRESS.
Read our full statement here.