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Joint statement: Egypt Must Immediately and Unconditionally Release Anti-torture Protester Mahmoud Hussein

A joint civil statement from Egyptian and International human rights organisations calling on Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mahmoud Hussein who is facing 25 years in prison for wearing a t-shirt with an anti-torture slogan.

Briefing Paper: Victims’ and Survivors’ Rights in a Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity

Over the last decade, the International Law Commission and the UN General Assembly have made progress in attempts to establish a Convention on Crimes Against Humanity (CAH). In this policy brief on a prospective CAH Convention, REDRESS, the International Federation for Human rights (FIDH), Global Survivors Fund (GSF) and TRIAL International voice support for a prospective CAH convention. This Convention can cement Customary International Law and fill an important existing gap in treaty law regarding crimes against humanity. The policy brief makes recommendations to States on reflecting progressive provisions on victims’ and survivors’ rights in a prospective CAH Convention

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Briefing Paper: Delivering Reparations to Ukraine From the £2.5 Billion Sale of Chelsea FC

In March 2022, Roman Abramovich promised to sell Chelsea Football Club and donate the £2.5 billion to support victims of the war in Ukraine, nearly 7 times the value of humanitarian assistance provided by the UK to Ukraine so far. However, two years on, the sale has hit a stalemate and no money has been delivered to victims of the conflict. This briefing paper outlines how the UK Government can break the deadlock over the funds and direct them towards victims in Ukraine, as promised.

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Practice Note: A Survivor-Centred Approach to Seeking Reparation for Torture

This Practice Note aims to facilitate the understanding and practice of a survivor-centred approach to strategic human rights litigation and reparation claims. It is based on REDRESS’ experience, desktop research, and consultations carried out with 12 practitioners from international and national organisations with vast experience in supporting survivors in obtaining reparation in different regions. While this Practice Note provides useful guidance based on experience to date, it is important to acknowledge that practices in this area are constantly evolving.

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Practice Note: Reparation for Torture Survivors

This Practice Note is aimed at facilitating the understanding of reparation and its many facets, principles, and standards. It provides practical and comparative examples related to claiming and accessing reparations in different contexts in a survivor-centred manner, and proposes strategies to overcome obstacles in the journey towards reparation. This Practice Note is complemented by REDRESS Practice Notes on Claiming and Implementing Reparation, Survivors Centred Approach, and Compensation.

Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee Review on the UK’s compliance with the ICCPR

REDRESS' submission to the UN Human Rights Committee's review of the UK's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The submission focuses on three key issues raised in the UN’s List of Issues prior to the submission of the eighth periodic report. The first addresses the criminalisation of torture, emphasizing the need for universal jurisdiction. The second highlights the UK's involvement in torture and rendition, urging a prompt and impartial investigation into allegations of collusion. The third underscores the importance of non-refoulement, expressing grave concerns about recent legislative developments, particularly the Illegal Migration Act 2023 and the proposed Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill.

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Submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum & Immigration) Bill

Evidence submitted by REDRESS to the Joint Committee on Human Rights' Inquiry on the Safety of Rwanda Bill.

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UK Targeted Sanctions Quarterly Update: January 2024

This briefing provides an overview of recent developments in the UK’s use of targeted sanctions as of 23 January 2024.

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