We support and strengthen the anti-torture movement

For nearly 30 years REDRESS has worked with anti-torture NGOs across the world, many of whom operate in extremely difficult circumstances. These partnerships are crucial to our work.

The relationships that REDRESS cultivates are mutually beneficial. Our partners bring knowledge of the issues, expertise in national law and policy, experience working with survivors, and cultural awareness. REDRESS matches this with expertise in the law of torture, global connections, and the capacity to deliver international campaigns.

We ensure that these relationships are effective and collaborative partnerships, and that both REDRESS and our partners are strengthened by the process. This work includes engaging the anti-torture movement through networks, building its resilience, promoting the use of holistic strategic litigation as an effective tool against torture through training and mentoring, encouraging our volunteers, and engaging with academic experts.

REDRESS supports the anti-torture movement through activities such as:

  • Litigation Workshops. We deliver in-person and online workshops with our partners on Holistic Strategic Litigation against Torture, brainstorming and mentoring individual cases.
  • Practice Notes. REDRESS has produced a series of Practice Notes on key elements of holistic strategic litigation against torture.  These practical guides support human rights lawyers and activists around the world to bring legal challenges against torture that can have a broader impact.

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  • Just Reparation. Our regular roundup of news on reparation curated by the REDRESS legal team, keeping you up to date with the latest developments on reparation for torture and other human rights violations, including judgments, implementation of decisions, reports, and other news. Subscribe here.
  • Networks. We work in collaboration with partners through networks including the Victims’ Rights Working Group, the Pan-African Reparations Initiative, and the Universal Jurisdiction Information Network.
  • Managing and Evaluating Strategic Litigation Against Torture.  REDRESS, with the support of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT), is working on a capacity-building project to develop best practices and a short online workshop that will support anti-torture NGOs to strengthen their systems for case management, document management, data security, and reporting on their litigation and the impact that it has achieved.
  • Through financial partnerships that support strategic litigation against torture, including case work and litigation workshops, through the United Against Torture Consortium. 

Photo credit: REDRESS/ESA. The Uganda Victims and Torture Survivors Network, a victim-led platform which advocates on victims’ behalf before policymakers, was launched in 2019 in Kampala with support of REDRESS and its Ugandan partners.