Publications

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Joint Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee on the follow-up procedure concerning views on individual communications

While thousands of people around the world bring allegations of human rights violations to the UN Human Rights Committee each year, the implementation of the Committee’s findings on individual cases remains extremely low. REDRESS, the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, Trial International, and the Human Rights Implementation Centre have made a joint submission to the UN Human Rights Committee to outline a series of recommendations to strengthen the follow-up procedure concerning the implementation of the Committee's findings on individual cases.

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REDRESS & ACJPS Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sudan & South Sudan

REDRESS and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies have made a joint submission to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sudan and South Sudan. The Government of Sudan remains non-complaint with its obligations pertaining to the absolute prohibition of torture, including accountability for torture by officials of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) under the National Security Act of 2010. The UK government must develop a specific human rights strategy for its engagement with the Sudanese government. In particular, the UK government must make respect for human rights - particularly accountability for torture and ill-treatment - a key condition of any future engagement between the UK and Sudan.

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Ugandan International Crimes Division Rules 2016: Analysis on Victim Participation Framework

In this brief, REDRESS provides an analysis of the victim participation framework enshrined in the International Crimes Division (ICD) rules adopted at the High Court in Uganda. The recommendations made herein are based on good practices identified by REDRESS in a study on victim participation in criminal proceedings across 22 countries. The aim of the recommendations is to support the ICD in ensuring that victims can exercise their rights to the fullest extent.

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Rapport de l’atelier sur la Cour Pénale Spéciale en République Centrafricaine

Du 12 au 13 Juillet 2016 s’est tenu dans la salle de conférence de JM Résidence à Bangui, un atelier sur la Cour Pénale Spéciale en République Centrafricaine co- organisé par Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) et REDRESS. Cet atelier a connu la participation des acteurs judiciaires, des médias et des organisations de la société civile autour des questions relatives aux éléments clés et les prochaines étapes vers l’opérationnalité de la Cour Pénale Spéciale créée par la loi organique n°15.003 du 3 juin 2015.

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Reporting on Torture: A Handbook for Journalists Covering Torture

This handbook aims to support and encourage journalists of varied experience to report on torture effectively. In doing so, we seek to assist journalists in the vital role they play in ‘breaking the silence’ around torture - a crime that thrives when perpetrators are left unscrutinised. Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, French and Nepali, this handbook addresses key questions about torture, including what it is, when it happens, why it happens, and what the consequences of torture are. It also provides guidance on how to interview torture survivors in an appropriate way. REDRESS authored the handbook jointly with Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF), the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos in Peru (CNDDHH), the Independent Medico-Legal Unit in Kenya (IMLU), and Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL). It was launched on 26 June 2016, UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Responding to the Introduction of Cholera to Haiti: Policy Options

The 2010 outbreak of cholera in Haiti - which has since led to the deaths of at least 9,000 people and the sickness of 770,000 others - is understood to have resulted from the improper waste management of a United Nations base. Given REDRESS' extensive experience in reparations law and practice, REDRESS has been invited to contribute to discussions as to how the UN should respond. This briefing paper provides a range of policy options to provide reparations for those affected by the outbreak, all of which reflect applicable international law and standards on reparations. 

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Updated Comments on Libya’s Draft Constitution: the Prohibition of Torture and Ill-treatment

This report, authored by Lawyers For Justice in Libya (LFJL) and REDRESS, builds upon our past legal commentary of Libya’s Draft Constitution 2014 following the publication of an updated Constitutional Draft in April 2016. This commentary reiterates Libya’s international human rights obligations for ensuring the absolute prohibition of torture; provides a comparative analysis of constitutional anti-torture protections from around the world; examines Libya’s constitutional history regarding the prohibition of torture; and makes specific comments and drafting suggestions to ensure that the absolute right to be free from torture and related guarantees are safeguarded within Libya’s future constitutional document.

Submission on the Draft Policy Paper on Case Selection and Prioritisation of the Prosecutor of the ICC

REDRESS has authored a joint submission with the Coalition Ivoiriènne pour la Cour Pénale Internationale (CI-CPI) and Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor (OTP) on its new draft policy on how to select and prioritise cases. The submission calls on the OTP to ensure transparency in its application of the criteria set out in the draft policy, These comments follow a one-day consultation with civil society groups on the Draft policy, organised by the OTP in coordination with REDRESS, and a separate workshop organised by REDRESS with partners in the Ivory Coast. 

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