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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Early on the morning of October 25 2021, Sudanese security forces arrested at least five civilian members of Sudan’s transitional government, including the prime minister and other officials and key political leaders. The military announced the dissolution of the joint civilian-military transitional government. In response, in a briefing distributed to members of the UK Parliament on 25 October, REDRESS called on the UK Government to take several urgent steps.
Anoosheh Ashoori and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe are both British nationals who have been arbitrarily detained in Iran for four years and five years, respectively. In this briefing, Amnesty International UK and REDRESS share the deeply held concerns of Anoosheh's and Nazanin’s families that there remain crucial areas not being pursued by the UK government to secure their release and bring them home. The briefing calls on the UK government to review their current, failed strategy, to ensure that by the end of 2021, all necessary and available steps have been taken to secure the release of Anoosheh, Nazanin, Mehran Raoof and Morad Tahbaz.