Publications

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Breaking Down Barriers: Access to Justice in Europe for Victims of International Crimes

This Report examines the extent to which the specialised units within the EU that investigate and prosecute serious international crimes uphold EU standards on victims’ rights. It is based on research conducted between 2019 and 2020, including approximately 140 interviews with practitioners and policy makers in five Member States—Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. The Report includes five country chapters that examine the law and practice in these countries as well as an analysis of common challenges and emerging best practices. It provides a roadmap for improving victims’ access to information, protection and support.

Briefing Paper: A Hopeful Yet Fragile Peace – How the UK Can Support Sudan’s Democratic Transition and Pursuit of Justice

This briefing was prepared by Protection Approaches, Waging Peace and REDRESS ahead of a debate on a Westminster Hall debate on October 15th on the June massacres in Sudan and the UK’s support for Sudan’s democratic transition. Our briefing highlights how at a critical moment in Sudan's transition towards democracy, the risk of violence and atrocities remain high. This presents an important opportunity for the UK to reprise its role as Sudan's "critical friend” to support an inclusive and sustainable transition process for Sudan.

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MLA Initiative Joint Civil Society Letter

In this letter, REDRESS and 9 other civil society organisations welcome a number of improvements made in the March 2020 version of the Draft Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of the Crime of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes (MLA Draft Convention).

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Briefing Note: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill

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Civil society letter on human rights reforms in Sudan ahead of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Ahead of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, and at a critical juncture for Sudan, 23 civil society organisations have written to the Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council to highlight the need for their delegations to support the Council’s ongoing contribution to systemic human rights reforms in the country. As Sudan’s political transition remains fragile, the Council has a responsibility to both support national authorities and actors and maintain the monitoring and public reporting capacity of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Briefing Note on Second Court Case

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced a second trial against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on 8th September 2020. The second court case repeats the numerous violations of her rights under international human rights law and Iranian law that occurred in her first conviction as outlined in this briefing note.

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Algérie: Suivi des constatations du Comité des droits de l’Homme

En 2018, le Comité des droits de l’Homme a décidé lors de sa 122ème session de suspendre le dialogue avec les autorités algériennes ainsi que la procédure de suivi, en raison de l’absence de coopération de la part de l’Algérie. Depuis, certaines victimes de disparitions forcées et leurs familles ont vu leur situation s’aggraver. La décision de suspendre la procédure de suivi prive les victimes de leur seule possible voie de recours, met en péril la lutte contre les disparitions forcées en Algérie et contribue à un phénomène de « sur-victimisation » et à l’impunité. C’est pourquoi REDRESS, MENA Rights Group, Alkarama, la Coordination nationale des familles de disparus, Mish’al et TRIAL International appellent urgemment le Comité à renouer le dialogue et à reprendre la procédure de suivi avec les autorités algériennes. Les manquements du gouvernement algérien à ses obligations conventionnelles doivent être dénoncés.

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NGO letter to the UK, US and Canadian governments urging them to coordinate on the use of human rights sanctions

REDRESS and 70 other organisations have sent this letter to the UK, US and Canadian governments urging greater coordination between them on the use of Magnitsky sanctions to promote respect for human rights. The UK, US and Canada are the only countries with legislation enabling targeted human rights (‘Magnitsky’) sanctions, which impose travel bans and asset freezes on individuals and entities for human rights abuses. By naming and penalising individual perpetrators, sanctions can serve as a useful tool in deterrencepromoting accountability and prompting behavioural change. 

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