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REDRESS Bulletin: Second Edition

In this bulletin, we draw attention to our most recent casework, including developments in the case of Necati Zontul, an asylum seeker from Turkey who was tortured by Greek coastguards, following a breakthrough ruling of the European Court of Human Rights, and the granting of diplomatic protection by the UK Foreign Office to our client Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the first such case in more than a hundred years. We also provide the latest updates on our advocacy campaigns, publications and policy work during January-June 2019, including our new report No Time to Wait: Realising Reparations for Victims before the International Criminal Court.

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The UK’s Implementation of the UN Convention against Torture – Civil society alternative report March 2019

This report was submitted to the UN Committee against Torture as an alternative (or shadow) report to the UK's sixth periodic review taking place in May 2019. The report follows four consultation events and a call for evidence across England and Wales as part of the UK Torture Review project in which over 90 civil society organisations and individuals participated in the consultations or provided written evidence to inform the report.

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Torture in Sudan: Justice and Prevention. Priorities for change following the end of al-Bashir regime

REDRESS and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) have issued this briefing which identifies priority areas for reform on torture in Sudan following the recent removal of Omar al-Bashir as President. It focuses on reparations for victims of torture, ensuring individual accountability and preventing torture in the future.

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NGO Letter to the Core Group and Co-Sponsoring States to the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Initiative

This joint NGO Letter to the Core Group and Co-Sponsoring States to the initiative for the creation of a new multilateral treaty for the domestic prosecution of the most serious international crimes - or Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Initiative - was sent in response to the Draft Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of the Crime of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes. The letter was sent in the context of the Second Preparatory Conference of the MLA initiative (11-14 March 2019) and was signed by REDRESS, FIDH, ECCHR, Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice, ICJ, Amnesty International and Parliamentarians for Global Justice.

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Briefing on diplomatic protection of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

This is a briefing on diplomatic protection, a mechanism by which a State may secure protection and obtain reparation for a legally wrongful act committed against one of its nationals, and what it means in the Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case.

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Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2019

The fifth edition of the Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review covers universal jurisdiction cases from 16 countries, including France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ghana and Argentina. It aims to highlight the solutions and good practices that have emerged in 2018. The report has been researched and written by TRIAL International, in collaboration with REDRESS, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the International Foundation Baltasar Garzon (FIGBAR).

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No Time to Wait

No Time to Wait: Realising Reparations for Victims before the International Criminal Court

No time to wait: Realising Reparations for Victims before the International Criminal Court highlights the Court’s efforts and challenges in bringing to life the progressive reparations provisions enshrined in its legal texts. The report applauds the progressive steps that the ICC has taken in consolidating its case law on reparations, clarifying procedural issues, and adopting a victim-centric and consultative approach to determining reparations awards. However, the report also finds that, despite the Court’s best efforts, delivering reparations for victims has become a complicated and protracted process that has yielded little tangible results for victims.  

Victim participation after 20 years of the Rome Statute: A few reflections

Keynote speech by Lorraine Smith van Lin during a high-level Rome Statute anniversary event organised by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Peace Palace on 4 December 2018.  

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