You can now watch REDRESS and partner organisations' Google+ Hangout and hear about how torture is being combated in Perú, Libya, Kenya and Nepal. During this hangout, organisations from these countries share their experiences of seeking justice for torture survivors.
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Sir Nigel Rodley also participates in the discussion. The organisations joining this discussion are la Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos in Perú (CNDDHH), Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF), Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) and the Independent Medico-Legal Unit in Kenya (IMLU).
On June 26, the Anti-Torture Initiative hosted a Webinar discussion led by United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez. The event provided viewers with a unique opportunity to hear experts discuss their work for a #TortureFreeWorld and to submit questions and comments before and during the event.
In addition to REDRESS Director Carla Ferstman, other panelists were: Gerald Staberock, Secretary General of the World Organisation Against Torture; Rev. Laura Markle Downton, Director of the U.S. Prisons & Policy Program of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and Annie Sovcik, Director of the Washington Office of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT).
Report on effective victim representation before the ICC
REDRESS has published a new report. The purpose of this report is to draw attention to some of the challenges that stay in the way of ensuring effective and efficient representation for victims before the ICC.
The report reflects many of the discussions that took place during a seminar REDRESS convened last year in which counsel for victims, intermediaries, representatives of the ICC Registry and others were invited to discuss how to strengthen victims’ legal representation and overcome the challenges that were identified during the meeting. The report is further supplemented by additional research carried out by REDRESS.
DRC: REDRESS intervenes on the issue of reparations in the Katanga case
REDRESS has intervened on the issue of reparations in the Germain Katanga case before the International Criminal Court and filed observations on 15 May.
Mr Katanga was convicted in 2014 of aiding in the commission of one count of crime against humanity and four counts of war crimes in connection to an attack on the village of Bogoro, in the Ituri district of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2003. During the attack, about 200 civilians were murdered, many others were mutilated and several women and girls were enslaved for sexual purposes. The attack also resulted in the destruction and pillaging of civilian property. Mr Katanga was later sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment. This is the second ICC trial to come to completion concerning war crimes and crimes against humanity in Eastern DRC.
The Court is now faced with the challenge of determining a fair reparation award with limited funds for the Bogoro victims who have indicated that they prefer individualised awards. In our submission, we analyse how courts, tribunals and related bodies have decided on the appropriateness of collective or individual reparation (or both). We also provide information on how courts and bodies have dealt with challenges relating to the identification of beneficiaries, the fact that they may be dispersed over large geographical areas and the prioritisation of limited funds available for reparation.
Photo credit: ICC-CPI.
REDRESS urges Peruvian prosecutor to investigate rape of soldier
REDRESS and its partner organisation in Peru, la Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDDHH), have written to the National Criminal Prosecutor of Peru urging that the investigation in the case of C.A.M.V., a young man who was raped and mistreated during the time he served in the Peruvian Army, be advanced.
In 2011, C.A.M.V. suffered physical and psychological abuse and was raped while doing voluntary military service as an 18-year-old recruit at army barracks in Cusco, a city in southeastern Peru. The perpetrators allegedly committed the rape, after drugging him without his knowledge and while he was unconscious. Toxicological tests confirmed he had been drugged. His injuries were so severe that he had to be hospitalised for more than a month.
While an investigation was initiated more than four years ago, progress has yet to be made with regard to a number of investigative steps. DNA samples that were supposed to be taken from suspects have not been taken yet, despite the fact that the prosecutor's office ordered this test two years ago.