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Six Steps for the UK to Take Torture Seriously

Ahead of the UK general election on July 4th 2024, REDRESS presents a set of six recommendations to ensure that the next government protects our security and human dignity by taking torture seriously, developed in partnership with survivors of torture and the UK anti-torture movement.

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UK Targeted Sanctions Quarterly Update: May 2024

This briefing provides an overview of recent developments in the UK’s use of targeted sanctions as of 23 January 2024.

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Realising Reparation for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is pervasive in all armed conflicts, regardless of their location or nature. This report describes the main challenges that survivors and practitioners face to realise the implementation of reparation, and identifies and shares good practice with practitioners in the field to address those challenges, with the ultimate goal of facilitating the delivery of reparation to survivors. This report is part of a REDRESS project that explores holistic strategic litigation as a tool to overcome the obstacles for the implementation of decisions awarding reparation for CRSV survivors.

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Briefing Paper: Protecting British Nationals Taken Hostage

State hostage-taking, where individuals are arbitrarily detained by foreign governments for diplomatic leverage, involves serious violations of human rights, including the right not to be subjected to torture and ill-treatment, the right to liberty and a fair trial, and in some cases the right to life. According to the UK Foreign Affairs Committee, the use of State hostage-taking is increasing internationally. However, the UK lacks a comprehensive strategy to ensure the safe return of hostages, resulting in ad hoc efforts which fail to acknowledge the systemic nature of the issue while delivering inconsistent outcomes. This briefing highlights the urgency of addressing this issue and makes recommendations that aim to prevent British nationals being exploited as pawns and instrumentalised by States as part of a practice where they are at risk of torture and ill-treatment.

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Briefing Paper: Consular Assistance in Domestic Legal Frameworks

This briefing identifies different approaches towards the provision of consular assistance to a State’s nationals in domestic legal frameworks, addressing the responsibilities a State owes towards its nationals when they are located outside its territorial borders. It offers an overview to policy-makers of four different models for the provision of consular assistance at a domestic level which already exist in a range of different States.

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Submission: Written Evidence to the Treasury Committee into the UK’s Financial Sanctions on Russia

Written evidence submitted by REDRESS to the Treasury Committee's inquiry into the effectiveness of the UK's financial sanctions on Russia.

Submission: Reparation for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence on the challenges faced by survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV), in obtaining reparation. It is based on REDRESS’ direct experience representing survivors of CRSV, and our work with partners in different regions to advance international standards, obtain reparation for survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and address the root causes of CRSV in specific jurisdictions through strategic litigation and legal and policy advocacy.

Reparations for Survivors of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

Briefing on the current state of reparation initiatives for survivors of human rights violations in Ukraine in advance of the EU’s upcoming human rights dialogue with Ukraine. The briefing focuses on how the EU and its allies can support survivors of human rights violations in Ukraine in realizing their right to reparations.

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