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Comments on the Draft Addendum to General Recommendation No. 19: Accelerating Elimination of Gender-based violence against Women

REDRESS has submitted comments to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on its Draft Addendum to General Recommendation No. 19.  Adopted in 1992, General Recommendation 19 identifies all acts of gender-based violence as forms of discrimination, targets its root causes within the inequality framework, and obliges states to take all appropriate measures to end violence against women. REDRESS makes several recommendation to strengthen the Draft Addendum, including the addition of a separate section on victims’ right to redress, in order to emphasise and clarify the nature and content of the corresponding obligation on States to ensure provisions for redress. 

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Mass Refugee Influxes, Refoulement and the Prohibition Against Torture

This report calls for the review of hostile migration law and policy implemented by destination States around the world in response to the global influx of refugees and other migrants. This report finds that these policies are premised on deterrence, rather than humanitarianism or international legal principles, and often put those seeking entry at risk of torture and ill-treatment. In identifying particularly pressing areas for reform, including the implementation of spurious and punitive immigration detention regimes, this report underscores the need to respect the physical and mental integrity of asylum seekers while their claims are being processed.

NGO letter to the UN Human Rights Council on Sudan

Five years on, the conflicts between Sudan and armed opposition on South Kordofan and Blue Nile continues to have a devastating impact on civilians, with Sudanese forces continuing to attack villages, bomb civilian areas indiscriminately, and block humanitarian aid from accessing affected areas. REDRESS, alongside 32 NGOs and experts, has called on the UN Human Rights Council to support the adoption of a strong resolution on Sudan at its 33rd session in September, including the instatement of a Special Rapporteur to monitor and report on ongoing human rights violations in this conflict. REDRESS also urges Sudan to implement the recommendations made to it by the UN Human Rights Council in 2016.

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Joint Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee on the follow-up procedure concerning views on individual communications

While thousands of people around the world bring allegations of human rights violations to the UN Human Rights Committee each year, the implementation of the Committee’s findings on individual cases remains extremely low. REDRESS, the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, Trial International, and the Human Rights Implementation Centre have made a joint submission to the UN Human Rights Committee to outline a series of recommendations to strengthen the follow-up procedure concerning the implementation of the Committee's findings on individual cases.

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REDRESS & ACJPS Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sudan & South Sudan

REDRESS and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies have made a joint submission to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sudan and South Sudan. The Government of Sudan remains non-complaint with its obligations pertaining to the absolute prohibition of torture, including accountability for torture by officials of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) under the National Security Act of 2010. The UK government must develop a specific human rights strategy for its engagement with the Sudanese government. In particular, the UK government must make respect for human rights - particularly accountability for torture and ill-treatment - a key condition of any future engagement between the UK and Sudan.

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Ugandan International Crimes Division Rules 2016: Analysis on Victim Participation Framework

In this brief, REDRESS provides an analysis of the victim participation framework enshrined in the International Crimes Division (ICD) rules adopted at the High Court in Uganda. The recommendations made herein are based on good practices identified by REDRESS in a study on victim participation in criminal proceedings across 22 countries. The aim of the recommendations is to support the ICD in ensuring that victims can exercise their rights to the fullest extent.

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Rapport de l’atelier sur la Cour Pénale Spéciale en République Centrafricaine

Du 12 au 13 Juillet 2016 s’est tenu dans la salle de conférence de JM Résidence à Bangui, un atelier sur la Cour Pénale Spéciale en République Centrafricaine co- organisé par Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) et REDRESS. Cet atelier a connu la participation des acteurs judiciaires, des médias et des organisations de la société civile autour des questions relatives aux éléments clés et les prochaines étapes vers l’opérationnalité de la Cour Pénale Spéciale créée par la loi organique n°15.003 du 3 juin 2015.

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Reporting on Torture: A Handbook for Journalists Covering Torture

This handbook aims to support and encourage journalists of varied experience to report on torture effectively. In doing so, we seek to assist journalists in the vital role they play in ‘breaking the silence’ around torture - a crime that thrives when perpetrators are left unscrutinised. Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, French and Nepali, this handbook addresses key questions about torture, including what it is, when it happens, why it happens, and what the consequences of torture are. It also provides guidance on how to interview torture survivors in an appropriate way. REDRESS authored the handbook jointly with Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF), the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos in Peru (CNDDHH), the Independent Medico-Legal Unit in Kenya (IMLU), and Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL). It was launched on 26 June 2016, UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.