With torture still widespread across the world, building a united front is vital to see real progress and to strengthen the implementation of international and regional rules prohibiting torture.
The United Against Torture Consortium (UATC) brings together six of the world’s leading anti-torture organisations with the aim to strengthen and expand the anti-torture movement by pooling their expertise in torture prevention, protection, survivor rehabilitation and strategic litigation against torture.
The UATC harnesses the strengths of REDRESS, the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT), the Omega Research Foundation and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).
Funded by the European Union, the Consortium works in partnership with over 200 civil society organisations and other partners in more than 100 countries.
A United Response to Growing Threats
The UATC responds to the continuous use of torture and other ill-treatment in the context of growing threats to civil society working on torture and an increasingly volatile global environment that questions the global commitment to eradicate torture. It also seeks to build greater momentum to address more systematic challenges, such as an increase in the excessive use of force and weaponry by police and security forces in extra-judicial contexts, especially in pro-democracy protests and non-violent social demonstrations.
A key objective of the Consortium is to strengthen and service local anti-torture actors, networks, and movements, to act as an engine to power the movement, to strengthen its reach and relevance, and expand the global consensus on the absolute prohibition of torture.
The Consortium achieves its aims through several means, including by fostering survivor engagement; mobilising and empowering civil society anti-torture actors; strengthening legal protections on the prohibition of torture; strengthening strategic litigation in torture cases, and responding to crisis situations to empower and accompany local anti-torture and human rights groups.
Under the umbrella of the Consortium, REDRESS is conducting the following projects:
Support for civil society
REDRESS is providing support to survivors, CSOs, lawyers, human rights defenders, activists and journalists around the world seeking justice and reparation for survivors.
We are offering limited financial partnerships to support strategic litigation against torture, including for casework and litigation workshops:
- Financial support for casework: up to €6,000 Euros to cover fees and costs for anti-torture casework in the context of dissent and discrimination.
- Financial support for litigation workshops: up to €7,000 Euros to support litigation workshops in support of strategic litigation cases of torture in the context of dissent and discrimination in Africa.
REDRESS is working on strategic cases, including the cases of:
- Jagtar Singh Johal: a British human rights defender who has been tortured and arbitrarily detained in India since 2017.
- Olivier Acuna Barba: a Mexican journalist who was tortured by police officers in 2006 and spent two years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
- Hector Manuel Casique Fernandez: a Mexican national who was detained for three years, falsely accused of murder, and tortured.
- Llewellyn Smith v The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, South Africa (third-party intervention): a case concerning the torture of five detainees by correctional officers in South Africa.
Publications and other resources
- To mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UATC pledged to strengthen and expand the anti-torture movement to eradicate torture and other forms of ill-treatment.
- REDRESS is developing practice notes on strategic litigation against torture, to help human rights lawyers and activists around the world to bring legal challenges against torture that can have a broader impact.
- The Consortium regularly issues joint statements to respond to crisis situations around the world. Here is a recent example.
For more information please contact our legal officer Natalie Lucas on [email protected]. For press enquiries contact Eva Sanchis, Head of Communications, on [email protected], +44 (0)20 7793 1777 (office) or +44 (0) 7857 110076 (mobile).
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