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Policy Submission: Enhancing Victims’ Rights in Mutual Legal Assistance Frameworks

In this joint policy submission, FIDH, REDRESS and ECCHR call on States to prioritise victims’ rights in negotiations for a new multilateral treaty on international cooperation in the domestic prosecution of serious international crimes, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Since 2011, a group of States has advocated for a new multilateral treaty to enhance cooperation between States in investigations and prosecutions of serious international crimes. This Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Initiative is currently supported by over 70 countries.

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The UK and Iran: Evidence submitted to the UK Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry

REDRESS has submitted this evidence to the UK Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee relating to Iran's practice of unlawfully detaining dual and foreign nationals. The Foreign Affairs Committee is currently carrying out an inquiry into the UK’s relationship with Iran. The inquiry will explore the nature of the engagement between the UK and Iran and how successful it has been in achieving the UK’s foreign-policy objectives.  

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Briefing Note: Azul Rojas Marín v Perú

On 12th March 2020, the Inter American Court of Human Rights gave its judgment in which it found Peru responsible for torture and sexual violence against an LGBTI person by Peruvian police officers in 2008. It is the first time in its history that the Court, the ultimate authority on human rights in the Americas, has considered a case of discriminatory torture. REDRESS has prepared this Briefing Note in order to provide a summary of the case decision.

An earlier version of this Briefing Note was prepared prior to the availability of the full judgment in English, and this amended version was produced in July 2020 to reflect more precisely the contents of the English judgment.

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Jagtar Singh Johal: Briefing on Legal Right to Medical Treatment

In the light of reports of a possible outbreak of coronavirus in Tihar Prison, and fears that Jagtar Singh Johal may contract the virus, this briefing outlines India’s legal obligations to provide Jagtar with appropriate and timely medical treatment. Under international law, India is required to provide medical treatment to Jagtar by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which India is a party, and by the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

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Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2020

Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2020: Terrorism and International Crimes: Prosecuting atrocities for what they are (UJAR) salutes the rise of universal jurisdiction cases worldwide. It also highlights an alarming legal trend: the prosecution of mass atrocities as terrorism, and not international crimes. The Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review is TRIAL International’s main legal publication. It has been researched and written by Valérie Paulet, in collaboration with REDRESS, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). It benefited from the generous support of the City of Geneva, the Oak Foundation and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.

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Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill Briefing Note

In this Briefing Note REDRESS highlights that the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill risks creating impunity for serious offences including torture, and thus will result in the UK being in breach of its international treaty obligations. Victims of human rights violations committed by UK armed forces abroad may also lose their ability to obtain justice.

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Victims: Front and Centre – Conference report

Victims, activists and policymakers from different coun­tries gathered in The Hague on 17 October 2019 to partic­ipate in the international conference Victims: Front and Centre, co-organised by Impunity Watch and Redress. Discussions focused on how to engage victims and ensure their meaningful and effective participation in transitional justice processes, particularly in the context of Guatemala and Uganda. The victims of the armed conflicts described how they had turned their pain into activism. The event also highlighted the importance of victim agency and empowerment through victims networks and other forms of support. Other experts brought perspectives from different contexts including Syria and Bosnia, reinforcing the importance of victim participation in shaping and strengthening transitional justice processes.

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Litigating Peacekeeper Child Sexual Abuse

This report examines the success of litigation in pursuing justice for child victims of  sexual abuse by peacekeepers looking at cases in which victims and their representatives have turned to the courts to seek accountability and redress. Done jointly by human rights organisations Redress and the Child Rights International Network, the report concludes that child sexual abuse usually goes unpunished and few victims secure reparations. Drawing on 30 interviews with lawyers and experts around the world, the report identifies key obstacles that prevent the perpetrators of peacekeeper child sexual abuse from being held to account, and that prevent victims from obtaining redress. These include: the quality of investigations; immunities and the exclusive jurisdiction of troop-contributing countries; a lack of transparency in prosecution processes, particularly in military court martial processes; and the absence of a victim-centred approach. The report recommends a series of reforms to policies, practices and legislation in troop-contributing countries and the UN. It also identifies opportunities for future strategic human rights litigation.

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