REDRESS is inviting applications for financial partnerships to support strategic litigation against torture, particularly in the context of dissent and discrimination. This support is through the United Against Torture Consortium, which is funded by the European Union
The United Against Torture consortium brings together the global memberships of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT) with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), Omega Research Foundation and REDRESS. The consortium works in partnership with national civil society organisations and other partners worldwide to build a global movement. The three-year project will focus on providing direct assist thousands of torture survivors, and strengthening local staff capacity to advocate with national actors responsible for torture prevention and rehabilitation. Survivors’ experiences and, for those who wish, their direct participation is at the centre of the consortium’s torture prevention, rehabilitation and justice processes, both nationally and internationally.
Torture in the context of dissent relates to the use of torture to crush protest and activism. Targeting among others lawyers, human rights defenders, journalists, and protestors, torture in the context of dissent manifests in the form of, for example, police brutality against protesters and activists, forced disappearances of activists. The use and threat of torture against those who dissent closes down civil society space, creating an atmosphere of fear, making it even more difficult to hold governments to account.
Torture in the context of discrimination relates to the use and threat of torture against minority groups, knowing that they maybe be powerless to respond. Torture in the context of discrimination is often used to silence and oppress marginalised and excluded communities.
Call for applications
Financial support for Casework in support of strategic litigation cases
This call for applications will support fees and costs for anti-torture casework in the context of dissent and discrimination.
The financial support is available to assist with fees and costs for strategic litigation relating to these issues. The costs that can be covered by this financial support include:
- Legal Fees, including travel
- Court filing fees (and printing)
- Investigation costs
- Medical costs
- Expert witness fees (including travel), particularly medical experts
- Psychosocial support for survivors involved in litigation
- Costs for survivors to participate in court hearings, including travel.
- Translation and interpretation costs
Information on Financial Support:
- Under this call for applications, you can apply for financial support up to €6,000 Euros
- No individual project will be supported for longer than 7 months
The call for application is primarily aimed at anti-torture non-governmental organisations. Therefore, to be considered an applicant must:
- Be a legally registered or constituted organisation
- Be a not-for profit or charitable organisation
- Have proof of incorporation or registration with the relevant national authority
- Have a mandate and experience relating to strategic litigation challenging torture.
What we are not able to support
- Casework costs that are not in support of strategic litigation cases of torture in the context of dissent and discrimination in Africa
- For profit organisations
- Individuals, including individual student scholarships, or airfares, or attendance at overseas conferences.
- On-going funding of applicant’s operational or organisational costs such as wages and salaries, office items and communications (core support)
How to apply:
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Please send your applications by email to [email protected].