Publications

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MLA Initiative Joint Civil Society Letter on Asset Recovery

In this submission, REDRESS and eight other civil society organisations request States to include provisions on asset recovery in a new multilateral treaty that is being drafted. The Draft MLA Initiative seeks to improve international cooperation in the domestic prosecution of serious international crimes. The civil society organisations note that the provisions on asset recovery would enhance opportunities to secure the payment of reparations for victims. 

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Civil Society Letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

In a letter released ahead of the 3rd cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sudan, REDRESS joined more than 53 Sudanese, regional and international organisations in calling on the UN Human Rights Council to address the ongoing political crisis in Sudan. The signatories highlight that the Human Rights Council must raise the grave human rights violations that have occurred since the military coup on 25 October 2021.

Submission to the International Development Committee: Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the UK Government’s Response to Atrocity Prevention

REDRESS responded to the International Development Committee’s Call for Evidence in its inquiry into the effectiveness of the UK’s approach to atrocity prevention. REDRESS’s submission outlined how the Government’s use of Magnitsky sanctions currently interacts with the UK’s approach to atrocity prevention, and how Magnitsky sanctions could be used more effectively in this context.

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Briefing Paper: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Magnitsky Sanctions

This briefing explains the key objectives of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Magnitsky Sanctions. It details what should be the priorities of the UK government and its range of policy and advocacy activity.

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REDRESS Trustees Annual Report 2021

This report provides information on REDRESS's activities from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, including a review of our impact and activities, governance and management, and a financial review; an Independent Auditors Report, with their opinion on the accounts of the charity for the financial year, and a Statement of Financial Activities, with a detailed review of our finances for the year.

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Q&A on Enforced Disappearances in Africa

This Q&A aims to help journalists navigate the complexities of reporting on enforced disappearances in Africa, a particularly cruel human rights abuse that is prevalent on the continent, frequently used by governments as a method of repression, terror, and stifling dissent. Human rights advocates, political opposition, union leaders, journalists and minority groups are often targeted. The Q&A addresses key concepts and terminology; the main contexts in which it happens in Africa; the main obstacles faced by victims seeking justice; and the shortcomings in the available data. It also offers guidance on how to mitigate the risks to journalists and victims when reporting on enforced disappearances.  

Cover of the REDRESS Annual Review 2021

Annual Review 2021

This Annual Review provides an overview of the activities and achievements carried out by REDRESS from April 2020 to March 2021, with coverage of developments up until the date of printing in select areas. Among our successes this year we continued our efforts to end state hostage-taking, particularly in relation to the case of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. We also joined the successful campaign to amend the Overseas Operations Act, preventing an effective amnesty for UK service personnel who commit international crimes such as torture. Additionally, we started a new project to ensure the effective use of Magnitsky Sanctions in the UK, a new tool for those challenging torture around the world. Meanwhile Sudan took historic steps to eradicate torture within the country by ratifying two major international human rights treaties, something REDRESS has long advocated for. We have challenged the use of enforced disappearance as a form of torture, as well as challenged discriminatory torture through projects on reparation for sexual violence in conflict and research on LGBT+ torture in Africa.

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Civil society letter calling for a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the situation in Sudan

In a letter distributed on 28 October, REDRESS joined more than 35 Sudanese, African, and international civil society organisations in calling on the UN Human Rights Council to convene a special (emergency) session to address the ongoing political crisis in Sudan, following the 25 October military takeover of the transitional government. The signatories stress that the Human Rights Council has a res­ponsi­bility to act urgently.