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Comments on the Development of an Effective Legal Aid Policy for Victims at the ICC

In this submission, REDRESS provides observations concerning the provision of legal aid for victims at the International Criminal Court (ICC), so as to ensure their meaningful and effective access to justice. These comments build on and complement REDRESS's previous recommendations in 2012, and are submitted to the Registry in order to assist the ongoing review of the Court’s Legal Aid System (LAS). These comments have been developed on the basis of REDRESS's extensive experience working with victims at the ICC, and includes interviews with legal representatives of victims and civil society actors.

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Establishing a Trust Fund for Victims in the case of Hissène Habré: Options for the Way Forward

The African Union adopted a resolution in 2016 establishing the Trust Fund responsible for collecting and disbursing reparations to victims of ex-Chad dictator Hissène Habré. The Trust Fund has been mandated to search for and recover Habré’s assets and to seek voluntary contributions from States and other willing parties. This note – prepared by REDRESS and the Association Tchadienne pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme (ATPDH) – seeks to support the establishment of the Trust Fund for Victims by outlining what future Terms of Reference of the Trust Fund could look like. It was shared with the African Union Office of Legal Affairs and other key stakeholders involved in the establishment of the Trust Fund in April 2016.  

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Submission to CAT regarding Revised General Comment on implementation of Article 3

REDRESS, in collaboration with eight human rights organisations, has submitted joint observations on the revised General Comment No. 1 (2017) on the implementation of Article 3 of the Convention Against Torture, which enshrines the prohibition of refoulement. The revised General Comment will be a critically important tool for States parties in implementing Article 3, by providing guidance on the full scope of their obligations in relation to the prohibition of removing persons to States where they risk torture or other prohibited treatment.  

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2017 REDRESS Annual Report

Our annual report for 2017 provides an overview of the work that REDRESS undertook in over 37 countries affecting approximately one thousand individual torture survivors from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. Much of our progress has been made in the face of increasing global and national challenges to the eradication of torture, including the international resurgence of nationalistic and xenophobic regimes, the protracted continuation of various armed conflicts, rising hostility to NGO activity, and the entrenchment of ever more extreme anti-terrorism policies. Despite this, REDRESS has continued to fight for justice and accountability on behalf of our clients this year, aided by new partnerships with lawyers, civil society groups, prosecution services and academics around the world.

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MAKE WAY FOR JUSTICE #3: Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2017

This report, co-authored by REDRESS, TRIAL International, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), and The International Foundation Baltasar Garzón (FIBGAR), looks back on the unprecedented momentum of Universal Jurisdiction in 2016. In 47 cases across 13 States, States implemented Universal Jurisdiction in order to prosecute criminals regardless of their nationality or where the crime was committed, proving the doctrine to be a significant practical tool against impunity in Syria, Rwanda, Nepal, Guatemala, Iraq, and elsewhere. REDRESS calls upon domestic jurisdictions around the globe to seize this growing opportunity to bring justice to the perpetrators of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture. 

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Submission on Bahrain to the 60th session of the Committee against Torture

REDRESS’ submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture concerns Bahrain’s consistent failure to investigate the arbitrary detention, torture, and ill-treatment of Member of Parliament Jawad Fairooz Ghuloom Fairooz. Jawad Fairooz currently lives in the UK, where he obtained asylum  following his prosecution in Bahrain for charges contravening his freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association. He was unilaterally stripped of his Bahraini citizenship. Since 2013, REDRESS has continued to submit detailed letters to the UN concerning Bahrain’s violation of state responsibility in addressing his alleged torture. The Bahraini government must produce evidence to explain his arrest and the brutal detention procedures to which he was subjected.

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Tunisie – Bilan des réformes et perspectives d’avenir pour l’éradication de la torture

Depuis la révolution du 17 décembre 2010 – 14 janvier 2011 et la chute de l’ancien président de la Tunisie Ben Ali, la Tunisie doit faire face au défi que représente la transition démocratique et l’édification d’un Etat de droit respectueux des droits humains. Ce rapport essaiera de dresser un état des lieux des garanties existantes en matière de prévention de la torture, aussi bien sous l’ancien régime qu’après la révolution. Le commentaire se base sur des délibérations pendant une table ronde qui a été tenue à Tunis en novembre 2016, organisée par REDRESS en collaboration avec DIGNITY et le Ministère tunisien de la relation avec les instances constitutionnelles et la société civile des droits de l’Homme.  

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Tunisia – Assessment of reforms and future prospects for the eradication of torture

This report, ‘Assessment of reforms and future prospects for the eradication of torture in Tunisia’, summarises the roundtable deliberations held at Tunis in November 2016 concerning practical steps towards the eradication of torture in Tunisia. Relying on interviews with national experts working on the prevention of torture, this document contains a review of the existing legal frameworks and domestic mechanisms that enshrine the prohibition of torture.