Casework database

REDRESS currently has over one hundred active cases in more than 40 countries encompassing all regions of the world. Given the sensitivity of the information, we are only able to highlight information which is in the public domain.  

Ali Aarrass

Ali Aarrass v Belgium

European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)

Ali Aarrass is a dual Belgian/Moroccan national who has been detained since 2008, first in Spain and then later in Morocco, where he is serving a 12-year sentence based on his confessions obtained under torture. ALI’S STORY Ali Aarrass is a dual Belgian/Moroccan national born in the Spanish territory of…

Abdennacer Naït-Liman

Abdennacer Naït-Liman v Switzerland

European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)

The case concerns a Tunisian national, who has since become a Swiss citizen, who was tortured for more than a month by the Tunisian authorities. Unable to obtain justice in Tunisia, he initiated a lawsuit to get redress in Switzerland against the former Tunisian Minister of Domestic Affairs with the…

Mustafa al hawsawi

Mustafa Al-Hawsawi

UN Committee Against Torture (CAT)

Mustafa al-Hawsawi was captured in Pakistan in 2003, and thereafter he was transferred into the custody of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was held in secret detention in a number of black sites where he was subjected to torture. The USA did not officially acknowledge his detention until 2006.

Necati Zontul

Necati Zontul v. Greece

European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)

Necati is a Turkish-British national who was tortured in detention in Greece in 2001 because of his sexual orientation. NECATI’S STORY In May 2001, Necati boarded a boat from Istanbul to Italy with over one hundred other migrants. The boat was intercepted by the Greek coastguard and towed to the…

The Baha Mousa case

European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)

Six Iraqi civilians were killed by UK soldiers during the Iraq war, one of them being Baha Mousa, a receptionist at a nearby hotel. Subsequently Baha Mousa's father pursued legal avenues against the British involvement and complacency of the torture committed by British troops, and resulted in a huge development for British and International Human Rights Law. 

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