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Letter to EU Genocide Network on Senate report on CIA abuses

REDRESS, in collaboration with four human rights organisations, has addressed a letter to the EU Genocide Network ahead of its 18th Meeting, calling for a special meeting of the Network following the findings of the US Senate Intelligence Committee report summary published last year. This report concludes that the torture techniques used in the post 9/11 torture programme conducted by CIA officials and contractors in secret prisons around the world were far more brutal, systematic and widespread than previously acknowledged. The other co-signatories are Track Impunity Always (TRIAL), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).

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Representing Victims before the ICC: Recommendations on the Legal Representation System

The report analyses the current framework governing the appointment of legal representatives of victims (LRVs) as well as Common Legal Representatives of Victims (CLRV). We examine some of the key factors governing the selection of counsel for victims as well as victims’ limited opportunities to challenge such appointments. We also review the practice of legal representation. We assess whether there may be a need to better spell out lawyers’ roles and responsibilities, and review the difficulties faced by counsel when communicating and taking instructions from victims and how to overcome them. Lastly, we consider whether additional monitoring mechanisms may help, and what these might look like, and whether the current disciplinary framework is adequate to address actual or perceived under performance.

2015 REDRESS Annual Report

Our annual report for 2015 provides an overview of the work that REDRESS undertook in over 25 countries affecting approximately 850 individual torture survivors from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. The report shows that more and more of our clients are receiving positive judgments from human rights courts and related tribunals, but it also reminds us that impunity remains a deep-seated problem in many countries where we work and that we should continue to confront this problem, until we overcome it.  

Nepal: Submission to the UN General Assembly – Universal Periodic Review

REDRESS, in collaboration with the Advocacy Forum, the Asian Human Rights Commission and the World Organization against Torture, made this submission to the UN General Assembly concerning the November 2015 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nepal. Our submission addresses key areas of concern for human rights in Nepal, including continued impunity for serious human rights violations committed during the 1996-2006 internal armed conflict and since; serious flaws in the transitional justice law and transitional justice processes; Nepal’s failure to effectively respond to sexual violence; the continued practice of torture, and the ineffectiveness of the National Human Rights Commission.

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Torture Survivors’ Handbook: Information and Resources for Torture Survivors in the UK

This handbook for torture survivors contains useful information for victims, their families and friends, community members, and front-line service providers and advisers who work closely with survivors. In it, you can find information on how to access medical rehabilitation and care to address the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of torture survivors. It also details the steps to apply for asylum, how to regularise a torture victim’s immigration status, and where to look for advice on social welfare, employment, or education. It also includes information on torture victims’ right to justice, reparation and accountability, as well as a list of resources where survivors can seek further support.

Comments to the ICC Registrar on the ReVision project as it relates to victims’ rights

Redress has submitted comments to the Registrar’s ReVision project as it relates to victims' rights before the International Criminal Court. This project is designed to re-organize and streamline the Registrar’s organizational structure and operations. Our comments focus on those aspects of the project that relate to the victims’ mandate of the Registry. We strongly urge the Registry to seek and take into account the views of victims and affected communities when determining how best to design victims’ function in the field. In order to do this the Registry should consider using planned field missions over the coming months to gather additional information from victims and intermediaries.

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Civil Society Letter to Latvian Presidency of the EU on the fight against impunity

REDRESS in collaboration with partner organisations, has urged Latvia - the current holder of the EU Presidency - to prioritise the fight against impunity for serious international crimes at the upcoming Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council meeting, in order to raise awareness of the challenges faced by national criminal justice authorities of the EU in investigating, prosecuting and punishing serious international crimes. Other organisations supporting the letter are the Fédération Internationale des ligues des droits de L'Homme (FIDH), the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Amnesty International (AI), Track Impunity Always (TRIAL), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and RCN Justice & Démocratie.

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VRWG Recommendations to the 13th Session of the Assembly of States Parties

The Victims' Rights Working Group, a coalition of experts and civil society organisations informally facilitated by REDRESS, made a series of recommendations to the Assembly of States Parties that meet in New York from 8 to 17 of December 2014. Some of the recommendations to ICC Member States included: that it consults broadly during the 2015 review process of the Victims' Strategy; that it also reviews with broad consultation the Guidelines on Intermediaries and that it ensures that sufficient resources are allocated for its dissemination; and that it continues to engage in discussions with victims' legal representatives and civil society experts on how to improve the current system for victims' participation and legal representation. The VRWG also made some recommendations to the Court, including that any review of the Court's practices on victims-related issues tries to ensure reparative, effective and meaningful procedures, not merely less costly ones, and that the adopted Guidelines on Intermediaries are made available in different languages.

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