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New report on UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse by
peacekeepers now available in French 

Our new report, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping Operations: Improving Victims’ Access to Reparation, Support and Assistance, is now also available in French.

The report analyses the steps that have been taken by specialist bodies, organs and agencies of the UN as well as other international organisations engaged in peacekeeping like the African Union to address victims’ rights and needs.

It also assesses the steps taken by troop contributing countries, host states, civil society groups, lawyers and victims themselves.

The report concludes that the solutions have been limited and grossly inadequate to date.

There have been persistent allegations of sexual abuse in recent years in countries including the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti. There are no precise figures of  the number of persons who have been subjected to sexual exploitation and abuse, though over 2,000 allegations have been recorded over a 13-year period (2004-2016).

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New Book: International Organizations and the Fight for Accountability: The Remedies and Reparations Gap

This is a new book by REDRESS' Director, published by Oxford University Press. It analyses the challenges to secure remedies and reparations from international organizations, when they violate human rights and international humanitarian law. Click here to purchase from Amazon  


Case updates

REDRESS travels to UN General Assembly with families of those arbitrarily detained in Iran

REDRESS Director Carla Ferstman travelled to New York for the UN General Assembly to call on the UK and the EU to put more pressure on Iran to release all British nationals arbitrarily detained.

Ferstman joined Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in Iran last year and has remained in prison since.  REDRESS has been supporting the families of those arbitrarily held in Iran.

In addition to Nazanin, this also includes Kamal Foroughi, who turned 78 in Evin prison earlier this month. The UK Government does not have consular access to either of them and has yet to call publicly for their release, indicating in a recent parliamentary debate that it is not “in their best interests” at this time.  

ICC reparations award for destruction of cultural heritage in Mali

REDRESS and Queens University of Belfast Human Rights Centre welcome the ICC's reparations award for destruction of cultural heritage in Mali and urge the Court to ensure the active participation of those individuals and communities affected during the implementation process.

Carla Ferstman, Director of REDRESS, said: “UNESCO and the Malian government have prioritised community engagement in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the sites. The ongoing participation of those communities and individuals affected must continue to be a priority during the implementation of the reparations awarded today. Victims must be able to articulate their needs and set their priorities so they remain engaged in the rehabilitation of the sites and do not feel disconnected to them."

UN calls on Nepal to investigate civil war case of gang-rape and torture

The UN Human Rights Committee has urged Nepal to investigate the gang-rape of a woman during the country’s civil war in a landmark decision that is the first to deal with an individual case of sexual violence during the conflict.

The case was brought by REDRESS and Advocacy Forum-Nepal on behalf of Purna Maya (name changed to protect her identity). Purna Maya was raped in 2004 by Nepalese soldiers and suffered serious injuries during the attack. 

Read an article in the Guardian




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