The use of torture is prevalent in war. Conflict leaves victims of international crimes who have severely injured and stripped of their dignity, in a context unable to support their needs. Post-conflict societies are often left with little infrastructure or basic services. Perpetrators benefit from a climate of impunity.
REDRESS works with other NGOs in the Central African Republic, Chad and Uganda, to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice, and victims are provided with reparations. We assist in the establishment of adequate criminal tribunals, and litigate for reparations before domestic and regional courts, and international forums.
REDRESS has also contributed to the development and strengthening of international standards, with a focus on victims’ rights, and specifically their right to redress. In 2018, REDRESS submitted a report to the International Law Commission to influence its drafting of a Crimes against Humanity Convention, in a way to preserve victims’ rights.
REDRESS secures justice for victims in post-conflict contexts through projects including:
- In Chad, we are seeking the enforcement of the reparation award in favour of the victims of Hissène Habré before the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights. We are also working within Chad to incentivise the government to identify barriers to the implementation of reparations and establish an action plan to overcome them. Read more here.
- In the Central African Republic, REDRESS helps victims access transitional justice mechanisms. It has contributed to enshrining the rights of victims into the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the Special Criminal Court, and worked towards their effective implementation, through building the capacity of local lawyers.
- REDRESS and Impunity Watch are jointly implementing a project in Uganda and Guatemala respectively, with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project supports victims of international crimes in both countries and the local organisations, assisting them to participate meaningfully in local, national, and international transitional justice procedures, including truth-seeking, reparations programmes, and criminal proceedings.
- REDRESS is conducting a global analysis of litigation to seek justice for child victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. The work is part of a larger project with the Child Rights International Network.
Recent reports on this issue:
- Fostering Victims’ Rights in the Proposed Crimes against Humanity Convention
- Le droit à la réparation dans le Règlement de Procédure et de Preuve de la Cour Pénale Spéciale
- Victim and Witness Protection in the Ugandan International Crimes Division (ICD)