Publications

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Legal Frameworks to Prevent Torture in Africa: Best Practices, Shortcomings and Options Going Forward

This report presents an in-depth assessment of the anti-torture legal frameworks in place in seven countries in South and West Africa: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda. The report identifies best practices, shortcomings and the key components of an effective anti-torture legislative framework, particularly in light of international and regional standards, including the UNCAT and the Robben Island Guidelines. This report forms part of our regional project, “Anti-Torture Legislative Frameworks: Pan-African Strategies for Adoption and Implementation”.

Submission to UNCAT in relation to the USA’s response to its concluding observations

This joint submission from 2016, authored by REDRESS, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT), calls on the UN Committee Against Torture to further investigate the purported progress of the United States in the effective implementation of their international obligations in the past year. Focusing particularly on two subjects of concern identified by the Committee - “Inquiries into allegations of torture overseas” and “Guantanamo Bay detention facilities” - this submission finds that the US government has not taken sufficient steps over the past year to ensure independent and impartial investigations into all credible allegations of torture carried out post-9/11, to afford “effective redress” to Guantanamo detainees who suffered well documented torture and ill-treatment, or to address the expansive findings of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Programme.

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Anti-Torture Legislative Frameworks in Nigeria

This report sets out the main areas of discussion of an expert consultation roundtable organised by REDRESS with a range of stakeholders in Abuja, Nigeria, regarding the draft anti-torture law currently under review in the country. Participants included representatives of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, National Human Rights Commission, the Bar Association, civil society organisations, and other expert organisations. Following previous workshops in Nigeria organised by the Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC) of the University of Bristol in 2014 and 2015, during which earlier drafts of the anti-torture Bill were discussed, this workshop formed part of REDRESS’ 10-month project with the HRIC regarding anti-torture legislation in a number of states in Africa. 

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Correspondence with UK Government on IHAT Investigation- NGO letter to David Cameron: Reply from Ministry of Defence

REDRESS alongside various other human rights groups, wrote to the Minister of Defence to express serious concern following recent criticisms made by the British Government against human rights lawyers engaged by the Iraqi Historical Allegations team (IHAT), the body set up to investigate human rights crimes allegedly committed in Iraq. REDRESS states that such criticisms - including comments by the Prime Minister that have called these allegations “spurious” - could be construed as attempted interference into the importance and extremely serious work of what is meant to be an independent investigation. REDRESS has since received a response from the Minister of Defence regarding the issue.

Letter to Professor Sean Murphy, Special Rapporteur of the International Law Commission on crimes against Humanity

REDRESS, alongside several international civil society organisations, has signed a joint letter to the UN Special Rapporteur of the International Law Commission on Crimes against Humanity, in order to seek an opportunity to provide input in the drafting of a possible Convention on Crimes against Humanity. In particular, we call for any draft to include provisions on Universal Jurisdiction; particularly, to oblige states parties to exercise jurisdiction when a person, suspected of responsibility for crimes against humanity, is found on their territory, and to permit States to initiate investigations based on universal jurisdiction over crimes against humanity suspects, regardless of where such persons are physically located.    

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United Kingdom’s 6th Periodic Report to the Committee Against Torture

REDRESS submitted comments to the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) on the key issues which the United Kingdom should address when it provides its 6th Periodic Report to UNCAT in May 2017. The list of issues include concerns over the investigation of war crimes and torture allegedly committed by British soldiers in Iraq; allegations of UK complicity in torture in the context of its counter-terrorism activities; the indefinite or lengthy immigration detention of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and their treatment in detention, and the lack of prosecution of torture suspects who come within the UK’s jurisdiction.  

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United Kingdom’s 6th Periodic Report: Submission to Committee Against Torture on List of Issues Prior to Reporting

This submission to the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) identifies the key issues that REDRESS believes the United Kingdom must address when it provides its 6th Periodic Report to UNCAT in May 2017. The concerns include insufficiencies in the investigation of war crimes and torture allegedly committed by British soldiers in Iraq; flawed inquiries by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) into UK complicity in torture in the context of counter-terrorism activities; the indefinite or lengthy immigration detention of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and their treatment in detention, and the lack of prosecution of torture suspects who come within the UK’s jurisdiction.

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Submission to UN Committee against Torture regarding the Periodic Review of Lithuania: List of issues prior to reporting

This submission to the 57th Session of the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) concerns Lithuania’s compliance with its obligations under the Convention against Torture. Since the Committee last examined Lithuania's compliance, new evidence has emerged further identifying the country’s involvement in the CIA’s extraordinary rendition programme, and the location of the secret detention centre ‘Violet’. Detention Site Violet was closed in 2006 due to a lack of emergency medical care for detainees, including Mustafa al-Hawsawi, who is represented by REDRESS. It was jointly authored by REDRESS and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI). 

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