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Technical Commentary on the Anti-Torture Framework in Nigeria

Authored in collaboration with Barbara Maigari (JI Fellow) Partners West Africa-Nigeria and Legal Resources Consortium, this Commentary considers the challenges and opportunities present in the adoption of a comprehensive anti-torture bill in Nigeria, and offers concrete recommendations for its introduction to relevant stakeholders. Relying on interviews with national experts, a comprehensive literature review, and several consultative meetings, this report briefly outlines the practice of torture and ill-treatment in the Nigeria, and identifies shortcomings in the existing legal framework that need to be addressed in accordance with the country’s international obligations.  

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Report on Stakeholder Roundtable on Victim Participation at the International Crimes Division

This report summarises the proceedings of the stakeholder roundtable organised by the Human Rights Center at the University of California, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and REDRESS, to assess how to best incorporate techniques of victim participation at the ICC and other comparative jurisdictions into the workings of Uganda's International Crimes Division (ICD). The ICD is the first domestic judicial body in Uganda to try international crimes, in particular war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Participants were made up of relevant actors of the ICD, experts on the implementation of victims’ rights at the ICC, and those working on the domestic implementation of victims’ rights in the United States and Kenya.

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Statement from REDRESS Director on the 25th Anniversary of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

In a statement during an event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) on 28 November 2016, REDRESS Director Carla Ferstman reiterated the crucial role of the WGAD several REDRESS' cases involving arbitrary detention, including the cases of Zeinab Jalalian, Andargachew "Andy" Tsege and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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Recommendations to the 15th Session of the Assembly of States Parties

With the International Criminal Court (ICC) conducting its first reparations proceedings in four separate cases, the Victims' Rights Working Group's participation in the 15th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) focused on how to best give full effect to the rights of victims as enshrined in the Rome Statute, in particular, their right to participation, representation and reparation. This paper by the Victims' Rights Working Group (VRWG), a network of national and international experts that advocates for victims' rights before the ICC, informally facilitated by REDRESS, provides recommendations to States Parties on how to improve the ability of victims to fully exercise their rights.

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.

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

This manual seeks to assist those working to fight torture and to support victims through litigation in six countries in East Africa: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. This region boasts a vibrant and active civil society that has advocated for the introduction of specific anti-torture legislation to create opportunities for litigation at domestic, regional, and international levels. Meanwhile, national lawyers have continued to use existing avenues to litigate against torture to secure accountability and justice for victims. This manual seeks to build on those efforts to offer a practical guide to the continuing development of a range of avenues for victims of torture and ill-treatment to obtain redress. 

Moving Reparation Forward at the ICC: Recommendations

These recommendations, published with the research support of the Open Society Foundations human rights program, reflect the key challenges that the International Criminal Court faces in designing an efficient and predictable reparation system that respects victims’ rights, including the lack of overarching guidelines applying consistently across the different Trial and Appeal Chambers, the limited resources available for the identification of beneficiaries, and the lack of existing jurisprudence to suggest which operations of a Victim Trust Fund may be best delegated by the Court to other administrative bodies.

Litigating Torture and Ill-Treatment in the Middle East & North Africa: A Manual for Practitioners

This manual focuses on four case studies in the Middle East and North Africa region - Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia - to analyse how torture and ill-treatment can and have been litigated, and how barriers to justice have been dealt with locally and internationally. The manual also draws out some additional relevant practice and jurisprudence relating to other countries in the region. While national systems differ, valuable lessons can be learnt from the experiences of lawyers and practitioners in those countries which may serve as useful guidance for practitioners from other countries in the region.