Blackboard Theatre and REDRESS present a profound dissection on the relationship between victim and torturer
Blackboard Theatre in partnership with REDRESS is bringing 'Pedro and the Captain' back to the London stage for the first time in 30 years. The play by acclaimed Uruguayan playwright Mario Benedetti is a profound dissection of the relationship between victim and torturer, an unprecedented rally to both understand and fight the most wretched act of institutionalised violence. Six representations will take place at:
The Vaults Festival (The Vaults, Leake St, London SE1 7NN) from 2nd to 6th March 2016, 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (plus Matinee, Sat 5th March, 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm)
Within the intimate confines of an interrogation room, two human beings are pushed to their limits, as the eponymous Pedro fights to retain his humanity in the face of an oppressive regime. This psychological battlefield offers a timely universal reflection on states of oppression and dehumanization wherever they are found – war zones, refugee camps, boardrooms or bedrooms.
Through the staging of a searing and unforgettable play, director Miguel H. Torres Umba (Secret Cinema, Mandinga, Tavarka Teatro) aims to bring a giant of Latin American literature back to the British public, to prompt his audience to re-engage with human rights causes that are affecting all modern societies.
All tickets £12 at http://www.vaultfestival.com/event/pedro-and-the-captain/all/
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The Vaults Festival is an annual festival consisting in more than 500 individual shows, events and talks from the theatre and creative world that will take place from January 27th to March 6th at The Vaults underneath Waterloo.
Along with a number of NGOs, REDRESS is a joint signatory to a letter to the Prime Minister which raises concerns about certain public comments made by him and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon regarding the ongoing work of the Iraq Historical Allegations Team (IHAT).
IHAT is investigating allegations of murder, torture and other serious human rights violations allegedly perpetrated by British soldiers against Iraqi civilians. Cameron recently called these claims "spurious" whilst Fallon said that individuals or law firms who bring these claims to light are “ambulance-chasing”.
©UN photo/Stanton Winter
INTERPOL agrees to remove arrest warrant against our client given real risks of torture
INTERPOL has deleted an international wanted persons alert against a French national, in response to a successful submission made by REDRESS and Fair Trials in January 2015.
Djamel Ktiti was the subject of an alert published by the Algerian authorities in 2009, who accused him of being part of a drug trafficking ring on the basis of evidence obtained through torture. In 2011, the UN Committee Against Torture established Djamel’s extradition to Algeria would violate the Convention against Torture due to an unacceptable risk of the prosecution being based on evidence obtained by torture, and the high risk of torture if Djamel was returned. The Committee noted that the family of the suspect who had implicated Djamel as a drug trafficker stated he had named accomplices under severe torture.
Djamel was arrested twice on foot of INTERPOL's alert in Morocco in 2009 and in Spain in 2013. In both countries, he was held in provisional detention for extended periods of time, but neither country extradited Djamel in light of the Committee's decision that to do so would be in violation of the Convention. Despite this decision, the alert was not deleted from INTERPOL’s system until our intervention in 2015.
This decision coincides with a meeting at the UN Committee Against Torture last month involving REDRESS, Fair Trials, INTERPOL and the UN Human Rights Committee to discuss ongoing reforms to counter abuse by certain states of INTERPOL’s system.
©Michael R. Holzworth [PD] via Wikimedia Commons
Members of the European Parliament challenge treatment of Guantanamo detainees
Following REDRESS’s meetings in November with European officials to request stronger action in Mustafa al-Hawsawi’s case, several MEPs have tabled questions to the European Commission and Council. The MEPs are querying what actions will be taken in order to persuade US authorities that detainees should be charged promptly and tried in accordance with international standards of the rule of law, or else released, and specifically what action will be taken in regards to Guantanamo detainees denied necessary medical care.
Submission to the African Commission on torture and death in Egyptian prison
REDRESS and our partners, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and the El-Nadeem Centre, have made a submission to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on behalf of Mohammed Atta, who alleges that Egyptian authorities are responsible for the death in custody of his late brother, Essam.
Essam Atta was an Egyptian national who worked as a shoemaker until his arrest and an unfair trial that saw him sentenced to two years imprisonment. In October 2011, prison authorities allegedly forced a hose with running water into Essam's mouth and anus, causing severe internal bleeding and eventually resulting in his death. Despite multiple attempts by Mohammed Atta, Egyptian authorities have failed to properly investigate Essam’s death and the allegations of torture.