This year, for the first time, REDRESS will participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK's largest matched funding scheme. From Thursday, 5th of December, your donations to REDRESS could be doubled. Donate here
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Vivienne Westwood, Nigel Rodley, Manfred Nowak and Louise Arbour join as Patrons
Designer Vivienne Westwood, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and professors Nigel Rodley and Manfred Nowak have joined REDRESS as Patrons. Westwood is one of the most influential British designers of our time and a champion of civil liberties while Arbour has had an illustrious career devoted to promoting the principles of justice and universal human rights. Rodley and Nowak are renowned world experts on human rights. Their addition brings to three the number of former UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture among our Patrons, which includes Professor Theo van Boven.
MacArthur Award recognises REDRESS' work around the world
REDRESS was one of the recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2011. The $500,000 grant from the American foundation has supported our work seeking justice for victims of torture around the world. Robert Gallucci, its president, said: “These exceptional organisations effectively address pressing national and international challenges and they have had an impact that is disproportionate to their small size."
Rape victim vindicated as Ombudsman upholds complaint against the Foreign Office
27 November 2013 - REDRESS welcomes the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s release of a report that upholds the complaint of a rape victim and calls for changes in the way consular officers deal with cases of violence against British citizens overseas.
The victim – Ms M, a British aid worker – was raped by a military officer at a checkpoint in Egypt in May 2011. After the incident, she contacted the British embassy in Cairo for help, but they offered little sympathy and only minimal support at a time when she was frightened and at her most vulnerable.
Contrary to their own internal guidance, consular staff did not offer to accompany Ms M to report the rape to the police, despite her fears of having to report the crime to the same authorities responsible for it, nor was she given any assistance in arranging a medical examination. When she did attempt to report the crime, Ms M was held against her will by the military.
REDRESS supports Bahrain NGOs' call to prevent shipment of Tear Gas from Korea
27 November 2013 - Read more here