Vivienne Westwood, Nigel Rodley, Manfred Nowak and Louise Arbour join as Patrons
Designer Vivienne Westwood, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and professors Nigel Rodley and Manfred Nowak have joined REDRESS as Patrons. Westwood is one of the most influential British designers of our time and a champion of civil liberties while Arbour has had an illustrious career devoted to promoting the principles of justice and universal human rights. Rodley and Nowak are renowned world experts on human rights. Their addition brings to three the number of former UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture among our Patrons, which includes Professor Theo van Boven.
MacArthur Award recognises REDRESS' work around the world
REDRESS was one of the recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2011. The $500,000 grant from the American foundation has supported our work seeking justice for victims of torture around the world. Robert Gallucci, its president, said: “These exceptional organisations effectively address pressing national and international challenges and they have had an impact that is disproportionate to their small size."
Pinochet-era torture survivor receives reparations
One of our clients, Leopoldo Garcia Lucero, today formally received his reparations for torture at the Chilean Embassy in London, over 40 years after he was arrested, and over 12 years since we began supporting his case. Mr Garcia was subjected to enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, physical and psychological torture and other ill-treatment in various Chilean concentration camps under the Pinochet regime for more than a year.
On 28 August 2013, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights ordered Chile to pay Mr. Garcia £20,000 in moral damages and ordered it to continue and finalise a criminal investigation “within a reasonable time.” It also urged Chile to provide adequate funding to Mr. Garcia to cover the costs of his treatment in the UK for continuing medical and psychological ailments.
For more on Mr Garcia’s case, click here
REDRESS welcomes ruling by African Commission
25 Febuary 2014 - REDRESS welcomes the decision by Africa’s regional human rights treaty body holding Sudan responsible for the arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and ill-treatment of 88 internally displaced Persons.
Find out more about the case here.