Justice, accountability and reparations

If you are a survivor of torture seeking justice, accountability and reparations relating to your case of torture or are supporting a relative or client, the following resources may help:

  • Guide to Justice, Accountability and Reparations for Survivors of Torture
  • Can REDRESS take on your case?
  • Other legal support

Guide to Justice, Accountability and Reparations for Survivors of Torture

Justice may mean something different to each survivor and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to seeking justice. Some survivors may want to seek criminal prosecution, for others it may be financial compensation or a meaningful apology with guarantees of non-repetition, such as policy and legislative changes to try to ensure that others do not suffer the same treatment.

We have created a Guide with information on how to seek justice, accountability, and reparations. It is designed for survivors of torture, their families, community members, and front-line service providers. In it, you can find information on legal processes, such as:

  • Criminal cases against perpetrators
  • International human rights mechanisms
  • Bringing a case against the State
  • Alternatives to legal proceedings

You can find the Guide here. 

Can REDRESS take on your case?

If you or a family member have been tortured, and you need help to obtain justice and reparations, we may be able to help you. REDRESS offers its services free of charge.

However, we are a small organisation, and we must make sure that we can continue to support our existing clients. This means that we can only accept a very small number of new cases every year. To assess your case, we will need to confirm that:

  • what happened to you falls within areas of work
  • there is something we can do to help, which is within our expertise
  • we have the time and resources to assist you.

Please be aware that most of our cases fall under the definition of torture found under the UN Convention against Torture here.

If you want us to consider taking your case, please send an email to [email protected] marked “New Case Enquiry” providing the following:

  • Your (1) full name, (2) nationality, and (3) gender
  • A very brief summary of (4) who tortured/ill-treated you, (5) when it happened, and (6) the nature of the treatment you suffered.

If you cannot email us, call us on +44 (0) 20 77931777 and leave your name and contact number and we will get back to you.

If we are unable to take on your case ourselves, we will do our best to provide practical advice and/or suggest other alternatives.

Other legal support

If you are looking for someone to take your case or support you on a particular legal issue, you may want to contact a law firm with experience in human rights or a human rights organisation. The following tables list some relevant law firms and human rights organisations in the UK. We do not necessarily have direct experience of their work and their inclusion in this list does not mean we are ‘recommending’ them. Therefore, REDRESS cannot be responsible for the consequence of any legal action initiated by them or advice that they give you. You need to make your own assessment of their services before instructing them to help you.

Law firms (solicitors) specialising in Human Rights:

You can also find legal advisers using the Law Society’s ‘Find a Solicitor’ database (which allows you to search for those local to you), or the Bar Council’s ‘Direct Access Portal’.

 

Organisation The work they do Contact details

Bhatt Murphy

 

Prisoners’ rights, detention related deaths, women’s rights, immigration

020 7729 1115

[email protected]

Website

Bindmans Immigration, family law, unlawful detention, asylum support, community care

020 7833 4433

[email protected]

Website

Binberg Peirce and Partners Immigration, prison law, terrorism prevention and investigation measures

020 7911 0166

Website

 

Deighton Pierce Glynn Destitution, information and privacy rights, detainee rights

020 7407 0007

[email protected]

Website

Hickman & Rose human rights, discrimination, public enquiries

020 7702 5331

[email protected]

Website

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP falsely accused, military compensation, immigration detention, discrimination

0808 291 3086

[email protected]

Website

Leigh Day corporate accountability, modern slavery, whistleblowing, detainee rights, environmental justice

+44 (0)20 7650 1200

[email protected]

Website

Human Rights organisations in the UK:

This is a small selection of the many human rights organizations which are based in the UK. Many of the organisations listed below will not be able to take on individual legal cases. Some are more focused on campaigning and advocacy.

Organisation The work they do Contact details
Freedom from Torture Survivors of torture, medico-legal reports, psychological support, rehabilitation

020 7697 7777

[email protected]

Website

Reprieve Death penalty, survivors of torture, extra judicial killings, and imprisonment.

020 7553 8140

[email protected]

Website

Trauma Treatment International Survivors of torture, psychological support, rehabilitation

[email protected]

Website

Fair Trials International International criminal justice, fair trial, criminalisation, misuse of state power

0207 822 2370

[email protected]

Website

Liberty Counter terrorism, privacy, mass surveillance, protest rights

020 74033888

Website

The Bar Human Rights Committee Trial observations, international advocacy

0204 534 1879

[email protected]

Website

Amnesty International UK Human rights defenders, LGBTIQ+, Women’s rights, Free speech

0207 033 1500

[email protected]

Website

Aire Centre Human trafficking, women in prison, deportation, children’s rights

020 7862 5765

[email protected]

Website

Equal Rights Trust Discrimination, Equality, Freedom of expression

02076102786

[email protected]

Website

Anti-Slavery International Human trafficking, modern slavery, child slavery, child marriage

020 7737 9434

[email protected]

Website

Article 19 Freedom of expression, freedom of information, digital security

020 7324 2500

[email protected]

Website

Media Defence Journalists, independent media, legal defence, strategic litigation, capacity building for journalists

0207 406 7450

[email protected]

Website

Front Line Defenders human rights defenders, protection, security, capacity building, visibility, advocacy.

[email protected]

Website

Kalayaan Migrant domestic labour, Immigration and asylum advice, English classes, anti-trafficking work

0207 243 2942

[email protected]

Website

Lawyers for Justice In Libya (LFJL) Libya, accountability, transitional justice, advocacy, capacity building

020 7609 6734

[email protected]

Website

If you are a survivor, there are several organisations in the UK that can support you in rebuilding your life. Find out more in the pages below: