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Submission to the UK House of Lords on Sexual Violence in Conflict

REDRESS submitted written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Committee is looking into the UK’s practice and policy concerning prevention of sexual violence in conflict. The submission emphasises victims' needs of holistic support services. It also calls for the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence in conflict at the national international levels, including abuses committed by peacekeeping troops. In 2014, REDRESS participated in the expert meetings at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict held in London and was also part of the expert group providing input into the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict, which aims to support more effective investigations, prosecutions and justice for victims.

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Universal Periodic Review, Sudan, 2016: Ensuring respect for the prohibition of torture in Sudan

REDRESS' submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Sudan focuses on developments since 2011, and the urgent need to carry out thorough reforms of Sudan’s legal and institutional framework and practice to ensure the effective prohibition of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This submission is based on our extensive work on torture in the region, including representing and assisting individual survivors of torture in proceedings before national, regional and international bodies, and advocating for legislative and institutional reforms.

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Victim Participation in Criminal Law Proceedings: Survey of Domestic Practice for Application to International Crimes Prosecutions

This report, authored in partnership with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), provides a detailed study of domestic practice of victim participation in criminal law proceedings. It analyses victims’ rights to engage in criminal proceedings and in particular the extent to which a range of domestic jurisdictions provide victims with rights to play an active role. Such rights may include the right to launch proceedings, to challenge decisions not to prosecute, and to make statements in court. The aim of this report is to support the efforts of states to develop and put in place a framework for victim participation in the context of investigating and prosecuting international crimes. This report aims to be a useful reference for actors in domestic systems engaged in wider discussions on victims’ rights.

Submission to the UN Committee against Torture: Periodic Review of Kenya

This submission to the UN Human Rights Committee, authored by REDRESS is collaboration with other civil society organisations, outlines key concerns in relation to Kenya’s adherence to the prohibition of torture. This submission may be used by the Committee to frame the list of questions Kenya should address in its upcoming report to the Committee. We highlight the need for Kenya to adopt the Prevention of Torture Bill, which includes a comprehensive definition of torture in line with the UN Convention against Torture, and renders all acts of torture punishable by appropriate penalties. Kenya must also be encouraged effectively investigate the 2007-2008 post-election violence, and address the ongoing impunity of perpetrators by removing domestic obstacles preventing victims from obtaining justice and reparation.

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ICCPR Submission to the Human Rights Committee on the United Kingdom’s 7th Periodic Report

REDRESS made a written submission to the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) for its July 2015 examination of the UK’s 7th Periodic Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Our submission raises concerns including: the UK’s retreat from its previous assurance of an independent judge-led inquiry into complicity in torture allegations; the fresh allegations which have arisen concerning the UK’s knowledge of the USA’s use of Diego Garcia during the USA’s extraordinary rendition programme and allegations concerning UK renditions in and from Iraq. REDRESS also recommended that the UK adopt a comprehensive, consistent and transparent anti-torture policy grounded in applicable international standards.

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Brief to the UN Human Rights Committee on General Comment on Article 6 of the ICCPR

REDRESS submitted a brief for the United Nations Human Rights committee's upcoming general discussion on the preparation of a General Comment on Article 6 (right to life) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which protects the right to life. Our submission focuses on the death penalty and its relevance to torture.  

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Maldives: Materials on Medical Documentation of Torture & Other Ill-Treatment

REDRESS has released a number of training guides, which are intended as a reference on Istanbul Protocol standards for documenting torture and ill-treatment for a variety of professionals in the Maldives, including medical professionals, members of the legal profession, state officials responsible for those in detention, including police officers, relevant government ministries and members of civil society. The handbooks are based on training delivered to medical professionals, lawyers, human rights investigators and members of civil society in Malé, Maldives, in January 2015 with the Human rights Commission of the Maldives.

Comments on the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment in Libya’s Draft Constitutional Recommendations

Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) and REDRESS have prepared a detailed legal commentary on the first set of constitutional recommendations published by Libya's Constitutional Drafting Assembly in December 2014. While we welcome the positive steps taken by the constitutional drafting body to address some of the key limitations to the country’s legal protections, these provisions are not sufficiently comprehensive given Libya’s historical use of torture, its continued prevalence today, and the degree of impunity with which it is carried out. In light of this, we make several recommendations to the propose provisions.

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