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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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Article 52 Inquiry on Secret Detention

In this letter, REDRESS and five other human rights organisations urge Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, to extend the Article 52 inquiry into member states' involvement in the CIA programme of secret rendition, detention and interrogation. States were asked to provide further information to the inquiry by the end of September 2015 and the organisations are concerned that this request may now lead to a sudden conclusion of the inquiry despite a lack of accountability for governments' actions. In the letter, they also request the Secretary General to accept information from non-state sources as well as make public the outcomes of the inquiry on member states' progress at conducting effective investigations into this matter. The letter is also signed by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Open Society Justice Initiative, the International Commission of Jurists and Human Rights in Practice.

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Victims’ Rights Working Group Recommendations to the 14th Session of the Assembly of States Parties

  The Victims’ Rights Working Group – a broad coalition of NGOs and experts informally facilitated by REDRESS –  made these recommendations to the 14th Assembly of States Parties that took place from 18-26 November 2015 in The Hague.  

Expert conference on participation of victims of international crimes in national criminal justice systems

This report documents the proceedings of an expert conference organised by REDRESS and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) on 8 - 9 September 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa. This conference brought together practitioners, lawyers, prosecutors and civil society actors from a number of African countries to explore methods of strengthening victims’ participation in criminal law proceedings. The discussion was informed by the publication of REDRESS recent report on victim participation in domestic criminal proceedings in a variety of countries worldwide.

Submission on the Implementation of the Kampala Declaration on sexual violence

On 25 November 2015, REDRESS and partner organisations made a submission to the Secretariat of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region. The submission describes how far Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have worked against sexual violence against women and girls and outlines areas for improvement. These three countries together with eight other African countries signed a joint declaration to prevent sexual violence, end impunity and provide support to victims (known as the Kampala Declaration). The implementation of this declaration will be reviewed in December 2015. Our submission aims to provide input to that review.  

Submission to CEDAW for the Consideration of the Combined Second and Third Periodic Reports of the United Arab Emirates

REDRESS has worked with a number of expatriate women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), some of whom have experienced  discrimination and severe ill-treatment under the UAE legal system. Our submission to the 62nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) addresses several areas of UAE’s domestic legal framework that are particularly inequitable for women, including domestic violence; divorce and child custody; equality before the law, including discrimination against women - in particular foreign women - with respect to access to justice and fair trial rights; and conditions of detention for women.  

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