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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).


Support #TeamREDRESS

Register now to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 22 April 2018 to raise funds for REDRESS. Take on the ultimate challenge to help fundraise for REDRESS.

You should join our team because by running for REDRESS, you could be helping survivors of torture to obtain justice and reparation.

To register your interest please email Nora at nora@redress.org or visit our website.   


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

UK charity worker trapped in Iran must be placed under diplomatic protection 

The UK must place British mother and charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe under the diplomatic protection of the United Kingdom, following the continued fallout from the Foreign Secretary’s erroneous comments, says REDRESS, upon the release today of a legal opinion on diplomatic protection, prepared by three leading British legal chambers.


REDRESS brings case of Cameroonian activist before the UN Human Rights Committee

REDRESS has made a submission before the UN Human Rights Committee to draw attention to the flagrant non-compliance of Cameroon in the case of a political activist. 

Ebenezer Akwanga was arrested in 1997 for campaigning peacefully for the rights of the people of Southern Cameroons. For the next six years he suffered serious human rights violations, including incommunicado detention and severe torture, such as having melting plastic bags dripped onto his bare thighs. Despite being a civilian, he was tried before a military tribunal and sentenced to 20 years in prison, four of which he spent in jail.

In 2011, the UN Human Rights Committee found unanimously in his favour. Cameroon was urged to re-examine his conviction and compensate him, among other measures. To date, Cameroon has not complied with the decision.


REDRESS applies to intervene before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in brutal domestic violence case 

REDRESS together with the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa applied to intervene in Mary Sunday's case before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice. She suffered horrific burns and disfigurement after being set on fire by her fiancé, who was a member of the local police force. The Nigerian Government refused to investigate or prosecute him.

In 2015 a case was filed against Nigeria alleging the State’s failure to assist Mary Sunday. The case was brought before the ECOWAS Court by longstanding REDRESS partner organisation IHRDA, along with WARDC Nigeria.

Our amicus brief sets out the international human rights obligations on States to prevent, prosecute and repair instances of domestic violence. We hope that the case will help bring justice for Mary.


 
 

 
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