International conflicts and civil wars often involve large-scale situations of torture, sometimes amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity, with many survivors who need to be effectively represented so they can obtain justice.
REDRESS acts on behalf of victims of international crimes to ensure that they are properly represented in the criminal justice process and that they can obtain reparation. We work to set up justice mechanisms after conflict, and advocate for the rights of victims of torture in domestic courts, special tribunals, and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
We also encourage national prosecutors to use the principle of Universal Jurisdiction to prosecute perpetrators who travel abroad.
REDRESS promotes international accountability through three projects:
- Post-conflict justice: We work in Uganda, Kenya, Chad, CAR and elsewhere, to advocate for victim participation in domestic mechanisms and transitional justice processes, build the capacity of national level actors on victims’ rights, and support and train national NGOs to document offences to prove legal responsibility. Read more about our work to strengthen victim participation in transitional justice processes in Uganda.
- Universal Jurisdiction: We push for the effective prosecution of individuals for torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, particularly in the UK and The Netherlands, and for effective victim participation and other victims’ rights in such proceedings elsewhere.
- International Criminal Court: We continue to advocate for the rights of victims before the ICC, including through our coordination of the Victims’ Rights Working Group, individual cases, and by working with partners on requests to investigate under Article 15, including with respect to Iraq.