See our recommendations on reparations to the ICC state parties
With the ICC conducting its first reparations proceedings in four separate cases, our participation at the annual session of the Assembly of States Parties focused this year on how to best give full effect to the rights of victims as enshrined in the Rome Statute, in particular, their right to participation, representation and reparation. You can read the recommendations made by the Victims' Rights Working Group, a network of national and international experts that advocates for victims' rights before the Court, informally facilitated by REDRESS, in English here and French here. The meeting of states took place in November.
Training for Greek lawyers, medical doctors, psychologists and social workers working with refugees
This month, REDRESS and Human Rights Foundation Turkey conducted a three-day training in Athens, Greece, for professionals that are providing frontline support to refugees. The purpose of the training was to provide guidance on the documentation of torture and ill-treatment in the context of the mass refugee influx in Greece, and to provide practical guidance on how to address the needs of torture survivors. The training took place in the context of a project coordinated by the Greek Council for Refugees. See REDRESS' recent report: "Mass Refugee Influxes, Refoulement and the Prohibition Against Torture", available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish
REDRESS participates in expert forum on criminal justice in Uzbekistan
Our International Legal Advisor Kyra Hild (pictured above) attended the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)'s sixth Expert Forum on Criminal Justice for Central Asia where she spoke at the side event "Countering institutional incentives for torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the Central Asian context" that was held recently in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. To read about other events, conferences and trainings, please visit http://www.redress.org/events--conferences/events
REDRESS brings CIA rendition case against Lithuania to Strasbourg
REDRESS has brought a crucial case before the European Court of Human Rights against Lithuania for its alleged complicity in the secret detention and torture of a Saudi Arabian national, Mr Mustafa al-Hawsawi. Lithuania is one of the European countries that we argue facilitated the torture and enforced disappearance of detainees held by the CIA during the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks, but no one has ever been held accountable. Mr al-Hawsawi, now in US custody at Guantanamo Bay, was in secret detention and tortured by the CIA in various locations between March 2003 and September 2006. During this time, he was subjected to water-dousing, beatings, cramped confinement, psychological pressures and sleep deprivation at the hands of the CIA and has developed several serious medical conditions as a result of the torture and ill-treatment that he suffered.
Landmark LGBTI case reaches the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
REDRESS together with two Peruvian NGO partners has taken an eight-year legal battle by a gay Peruvian man, who was raped by Peruvian police officers, before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, one of Americas’ leading human rights institutions. At a hearing last month in Panama City, representatives of Luis Alberto Rojas presented oral arguments on a number of critical aspects of the case. The case will crucially determine whether the alleged rape constituted torture. REDRESS, PROMSEX and La Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos filed their initial petition in 2009 and are now expecting a decision on the merits.
REDRESS highlights need for legal aid for victims in the Ongwen case
REDRESS has drawn attention to the need to provide legal aid to the 2,607 victims who are participating in the Dominic Ongwen case before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ahead of the start of the trial of the ex-Lord's Resistance Army commander, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, on 6 December, REDRESS and others outlined these concerns in a letter to the Registrar of the ICC. REDRESS also highlighted the need to do more to provide justice and reparation for victims in a press statement, given that no reparations policy has been developed, adopted or implemented yet in Uganda.
REDRESS intervenes in first ICC case to consider reparation for destruction of cultural property
REDRESS and the Human Rights Centre at Queen’s University Belfast have intervened in relation to the reparation phase of the Al Mahdi case before the ICC. The case is the first at the ICC to consider reparation in relation to the destruction of cultural, heritage and religious property and relates to the destruction of shrines that took place in Timbuktu, Mali, in 2012. Our submission addresses restorative measures for damaged or destroyed cultural property, the impact of the destruction on affected communities and individual victims, and appropriate measures to address the victims’ psychological, moral and economic harm as a result as well as appropriate apologies and acknowledgements of responsibility.