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Criminalisation of Women in Sudan: A Need for Fundamental Reform

The report, ‘Criminalisation of Women in Sudan: A Need for Fundamental Reform’, shows how public order laws, designed to protect morality, continue to disproportionately target women, who can face long spells in jail and flogging for infractions such as wearing ‘trousers’. Focusing on Khartoum state, the reports describes the experiences of some of the women most affected by the application of these laws, including alcohol brewers and sellers, human rights defenders, female students and migrant women. The report was written by the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) and REDRESS.

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Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping Operations

The report analyses the steps that have been taken by specialist bodies, organs and agencies of the UN as well as other international organisations engaged in peacekeeping to address victims’ rights and needs following allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in countries including the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti. It calls for fundamental changes to the way in which these cases are handled, and foremost to recognise the victims as right-holders and not simply as vulnerable cases meriting charity or benevolence.  

Joint Submission to the UN Committee against Torture regarding Revised General Comment on implementation of Article 3 of the Convention against Torture

REDRESS together with other human rights organisations has submitted joint observations on the draft revised General Comment No. 1 (2017) on the implementation of Article 3 of the Convention Against Torture (prohibition to remove someone to a risk of torture or other prohibited treatment). The revised General Comment will be a critically important tool for States parties in implementing Article 3 by providing guidance on the full scope of their obligations in relation to the prohibition of refoulement under the Convention.  

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2017 REDRESS Annual Report

Our annual report for 2017 provides an overview of the work that REDRESS undertook in over 37 countries affecting approximately one thousand individual torture survivors from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. The report details the progress REDRESS has made over the last year, in the face of many challenges such as resurgent nationalist and xenophobic tendencies, and the downplaying by some of international law as a civilizing force.

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MAKE WAY FOR JUSTICE #3: Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2017

Universal jurisdiction gathered unprecedented momentum in 2016. In this report, REDRESS and partners TRIAL International, FIDH, ECCHR and FIBGAR look back on its application through 47 recent cases in 13 States. Thanks to this principle, States can prosecute criminals regardless of their nationality or where the crime was committed. The report highlights how universal jurisdiction has proven to be a significant tool against impunity in Syria, Rwanda, Nepal, Guatemala and Iraq, among other countries.

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Tunisia – Assessment of reforms and future prospects for the eradication of torture

The report is based on deliberations during a round table held at Tunis in November 2016. It also relies on interviews with experts working on the prevention of torture in Tunisia. In addition, this document contains a review of the existing doctrine and relevant legal frameworks on the deterrence of torture in Tunisia.

Faire Avancer la Réparation à la CPI : Recommandations

Ce rapport étudie la pratique suivie par la CPI jusqu’à présent et analyse les principaux défis relatifs à la construction d’un système de réparation qui respecte les droits des victimes tout en tenant compte des ressources limitées et autres contraintes rencontrées par la Cour. Nous encourageons celle-ci à se demander comment rendre les procédures plus efficaces et prévisibles et formulons des recommandations à cet effet. Nous adressons nos remerciements au Open Society Foundations human rights program pour avoir supporté les recherches nécessaires à ce rapport.

Litigating Torture and Ill-treatment in East Africa: A Manual for Practitioners

This manual focuses on six countries belonging to the East African community which have started to take steps to address torture, including through the introduction of specific anti-torture legislation, creating opportunities for litigation at domestic as well as regional and international levels. These countries are Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. In the region, a vibrant and active civil society exists that advocates for an end to torture and for accountability and justice for victims. Lawyers are using existing avenues to litigate on behalf of victims. This manual seeks to build on those efforts and to assist those working to fight torture and to support victims through litigation.

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