How we work

We pursue our objectives through different strategies that are designed to obtain redress for survivors of torture and generate pressure to end impunity for torture.

Holistic Strategic Litigation against Torture. Strategic litigation seeks to bring about a legal, political, or social impact beyond the case, by combining casework with other civil society techniques such as working with the media, advocacy, and public education, often delivered in partnership with other civil society groups. Whereas strategic litigation sometimes risks prioritising the cause over the client, we seek always to ensure that the needs of our clients are at the forefront of the process.

Skills Building and Mentoring. Our collaborative partnerships often involve building the capacity of national NGOs to challenge torture and mentoring individual lawyers to represent survivors.

Research and Publications. We undertake ground-breaking research on issues to draw attention to particular problems, to identify solutions, and to develop international standards.

Advocacy. We advocate to national, regional, and international bodies to push for reform, both as part of our strategic litigation and when developing new standards.

Communities of Practice. REDRESS engages groups of NGOs through networks such as the Victims’ Rights Working Group at the International Criminal Court, UJ-Info, and the Pan-African Reparations Initiative.