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New campaign: Protecting UK nationals at risk abroad 

 

REDRESS is working on a new project to strengthen UK government support of its nationals arbitrarily detained abroad and at risk of torture and ill-treatment.

The UK government currently uses a policy of discretion in order to determine whether to initially provide protection, for example, consular assistance, for a national in distress overseas as well as the strength of the representations it makes.

We are currently supporting several British nationals and their families to seek their release, and, pending release, to have their conditions of detention improved.

These include Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran and Andargachew “Andy” Tsege in Ethiopia.

For more information please contact our Advocacy Officer Josie Fathers at josie@redress.org.


The British 10K: 9 July 2017

The British 10K race is fast approaching and our fantastic team is excited for the Westminster festivities! Our runners have worked hard to train for this challenge and raise money for the cause. Please see our runners' fundraising pages and help them reach their goal!

Click on their names below to be redirected to their fundraising pages:


REDRESS Nederland's high-level discussion in The Hague

REDRESS Nederland organised a successful high-level discussion at The Peace Palace in The Hague, Exceptional Measures for Exceptional Times, to debunk some myths on torture and to reaffirm its absolute prohibition on 9 June.

Participants discussed how to best counteract arguments of those who want to weaken the absolute prohibition of torture and innovative options for the way forward.

Read our blog post "Five facts to know about torture" and our press release here

 

Case updates

REDRESS condemns murder of torture victim in Mexico

REDRESS is calling for a swift investigation into the cowardly murder of a torture victim in Mexico who was our client.

Héctor Casique was murdered on 9 June in Mexico, allegedly by members of an organised crime group. He had been a victim of torture at the hands of the police in 2013 in Cancun. After being arrested on a false murder charge in 2013, he was tortured in order to secure a confession and spent more than three years in detention until the charges against him were finally dropped in September 2016.

REDRESS submitted an amicus curiae brief before the Mexican courts on the inadmissibility of torture evidence, and had brought his case to the attention of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


Turkey: REDRESS among international observers monitoring Doctor Serdar Küni’s trial

Our Director Carla Ferstman joined a group of international organisations in April to observe the trial against Serdar Küni,  a Turkish doctor and veteran human rights defender.

Küni was detained as part of a wave of arrests that took place in Turkey after the failed military coup in July 2016. He was accused of “providing treatment to alleged militants” and sentenced to four years in prison for “aiding and abetting terrorist organizations”. Dr. Küni has defended his duty as a physician “to treat every person who needs urgent treatment”.

REDRESS submitted two amicus curiae briefs to the courts - one on the inadmissibility of torture evidence, and another for the pending appellate proceedings before the Gaziantep Regional High Court, on additional issues including the breadth of terrorist offenses and the principle of legality, the presumption of innocence in criminal trials and the limits on the admissibility of evidence.

Read the statement from the international delegation of trial monitors


Time to mend the harm to victims of Habré in Chad

On 30 May 2016, the Appeals Chamber of the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) confirmed Hissène Habré‘s sentence to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture, including sexual violence and rape. It also decided on the reparations that are to be awarded to victims of the ex-Chadian dictator. 

REDRESS, who had sought to intervene in the proceedings on the issue of reparations, welcomed the judgment but urged that structures be put in place to ensure that the reparations already ordered in Chad, as well as by those ordered by the EAC, are implemented promptly.

The “judgment has helped to reduce some of the uncertainty that many victims felt after the trial, but a key concern for victims remains: how the reparations are to be put into effect, including how they will be funded,” said REDRESS in a statement.

Read our press release

 

 
 

 
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