Publications

REDRESS’ publications are also available in hard copy format. Please contact us for further information on [email protected]

Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping Operations

This report analyses the steps taken by specialist bodies, UN organs and agencies as well as other international organisations engaged in peacekeeping to address victims' rights and needs following allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers in countries including the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti. It calls for fundamental changes to the way in which these cases are handled, with particular need for the recognition of victims right holders, rather than vulnerable recipients of charity or benevolence.

Legal Frameworks to Prevent Torture in Africa: Best Practices, Shortcomings and Options Going Forward

This report presents an in-depth assessment of the anti-torture legal frameworks in place in seven countries in South and West Africa: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda. The report identifies best practices, shortcomings and the key components of an effective anti-torture legislative framework, particularly in light of international and regional standards, including the UNCAT and the Robben Island Guidelines. This report forms part of our regional project, “Anti-Torture Legislative Frameworks: Pan-African Strategies for Adoption and Implementation”.

Submission on the Implementation of the Kampala Declaration on sexual violence

On 25 November 2015, REDRESS and partner organisations made a submission to the Secretariat of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region. The submission describes how far Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have worked against sexual violence against women and girls and outlines areas for improvement. These three countries together with eight other African countries signed a joint declaration to prevent sexual violence, end impunity and provide support to victims (known as the Kampala Declaration). The implementation of this declaration will be reviewed in December 2015. Our submission aims to provide input to that review.  

RDC – Communication conjointe en vue de l’Examen périodique universel du Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU Dix-neuvième session: Avril – Mai 2014

Cette communication résume les préoccupations de REDRESS et de SAJ (Synergie pour l’assistance judiciaire aux victimes de violations des droits humains au Nord Kivu) quant aux manquements de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) concernant la mise en œuvre de certaines de ces recommandations (numérotées sur la base du Rapport du groupe de travail) dans le domaine de la lutte contre l’impunité, l’accès à la justice et à la réparation pour les victimes de violences sexuelles commises en période de conflit armé, dans le cadre du second cycle de l’examen de la RDC.

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Soumission conjointe de REDRESS et de la SAJ à l’Examen Périodique Universel du Conseil des Droits de l’Homme (Deuxième Cycle), République Démocratique du Congo, 19ème session

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Access to justice for survivors of sexual violence in DRC: Shadow report to CEDAW

This shadow report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), for consideration of the combined 6th and 7th Report of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), focuses on the issue of access to justice for women victims of sexual violence committed in the context of the conflict in the DRC. It highlights a series of priority concerns related to access to justice and includes recommendations for each of those concerns, in order to assist the Committee in its examination of the DRC’s report and its dialogue with the DRC delegation.

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