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Diplomatic agreements cannot be used to return people to torture

The REDRESS Trust (“REDRESS” ) is deeply concerned over the British Government’s stated intention to deport foreign nationals resident in the UK to their home countries or to third countries where they would risk being tortured or face other ill-treatment. These planned deportations would apparently be based on “ diplomatic… Read More

Prosecution of UK soldiers important first step

The UK authorities announced yesterday that several British soldiers who were serving in Iraq are to stand trial under the International Criminal Court Act 2001 following allegations of inhuman treatment including the death of an Iraqi civilian. One of the servicemen also faces charges of manslaughter and perverting the course… Read More

“UK must not be a safe haven for torture”

Today, the trial of Mr Faryadi Sarwar Zardad, an Afghan national, opens at the Old Bailey in London where he will be charged with conspiracy to torture and conspiracy to take hostages. The conspiracy to torture indictment reads: “Between 31st December 1991 and 30th September 1996 in Afghanistan [he] agreed with… Read More

Improving access to justice in Sudan: a legal training workshop

A number of organisations convened a workshop on Improving Access to Justice in Sudan, which brought together lawyers, civil society representatives, human rights organizations from different regions of Sudan and representatives from the Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, police and military. As well as a representative from the international human rights… Read More

UK courts rule torture “evidence” is admissible

The REDRESS Trust (“ REDRESS”) joins other international non-governmental organisations and human rights groups in expressing its shock and dismay at the UK Court of Appeal’s decision yesterday that British courts can use evidence extracted under torture, as long as British agents are not complicit in the abuse. REDRESS has… Read More