REDRESS receives EIDHR grant to fight impunity with partners
Despite near universal recognition of the prohibition of torture, torture remains a reality in many countries. Thanks to generous funds from the European Union's European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) REDRESS and several partners have embarked on a three-year project to fight impunity for torture in countries around the world, including in Perú, Libya, Kenya and Nepal. Some of the partners we are working with include Advocacy Forum (Nepal), the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (Kenya), the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (Perú) and Lawyers for Justice in Libya (Libya).
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."
New strategic plan defines REDRESS' work over the next three years
On 15 April 2014, REDRESS trustees adopted a new strategic plan, which will guide the organisation over the next three years. Staff and trustees worked together to come up with a plan that best reflects REDRESS' key attributes and strengths, and takes into account the range of challenges in the fight against torture worldwide.
The Strategic Plan 2014-2017 is available here.
REDRESS to intervene in post-election sexual violence case in Kenya
2 September 2014 - In February 2013, a coalition of civil society organisations and a number of sexual violence victims filed a constitutional petition to the High Court of Kenya. The petitioners claim that during the post-election violence in 2007/2008 numerous forms of sexual and gender-based violence were committed against women, men, girls and boys, including rape and forced circumcision.
The petition is brought against various representatives of the Kenyan state, including the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Inspector-General of the National Police Service. The petitioners argue that the Kenyan authorities failed to protect the victims during the period of civil unrest and did not fulfill their obligation to investigate and prosecute sexual and gender-based violence afterwards. The petitioners also evoke the failure to provide reparations to the victims.
REDRESS filed an application to be joined as amicus curiae on 31 July 2014, which the High Court allowed in the hearings held on 27 and 28 August 2014. In the upcoming submission, REDRESS will address the international legal framework as well as international and regional jurisprudence on the state obligation towards victims of sexual and gender-based violence, with a focus on reparation measures.
Photo by Julius Mwelu/IRIN News Service
29 August 2014 - Bosco Ntaganda faces charges before the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, sexual slavery, conscription of child soldiers and forcible transfer of population, allegedly committed during the conflict in Ituri, north-eastern DRC, in 2002-2003.
The ICC is currently deciding on how best to enable victims to apply to participate in Ntaganda's trial. REDRESS is seeking to intervene in the case as a third-party, along with Avocats Sans Frontières(ASF), in order to highlight practical issues relating to the two different application and participation systems under consideration, and in particular, a possible tiered application and participation process.
Application by REDRESS and ASF for leave to submit observations