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New campaign: Protecting UK nationals at risk abroad 

 

REDRESS is working on a new project to strengthen UK government support of its nationals arbitrarily detained abroad and at risk of torture and ill-treatment.

The UK government currently uses a policy of discretion in order to determine whether to initially provide protection, for example, consular assistance, for a national in distress overseas as well as the strength of the representations it makes.

We are currently supporting several British nationals and their families to seek their release, and, pending release, to have their conditions of detention improved.

These include Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran and Andargachew “Andy” Tsege in Ethiopia.

For more information please contact our Advocacy Officer Josie Fathers at josie@redress.org.


Blog post: "Five facts to know about torture"

Despite being prohibited in the strongest terms by international law, torture remains highly prevalent, with cases reported in all regions of the world every year.
 

Torture is not only being used by the most repressive regimes. States that ratified the UN Convention against Torture have also justified and promoted torture in recent years in the name of national security and the fight against terrorism.

States have undermined the absolute prohibition of torture by using evidence obtained under torture (which is illegal) or by sending individuals to countries where they face a risk of being subjected to torture (which is also illegal).

In this blog post for the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, we discuss five key facts on torture.

 

 

 

Case updates

openDemocracy op-ed: Carla Ferstman calls for ICC to conduct full investigation into alleged abuses by British soldiers in Iraq

In a piece on openDemocracy, REDRESS director Carla Ferstman calls for the ICC to continue their examination into alleged abuses by British military personnel during the war in Iraq.

Ferstman discusses the ways in which British authorities have undermined their own enquiries into alleged abuses, and urges the ICC to take the "next logical step", and launch a full-blown investigation into alleged abuses.

Read the op-ed here


UN body urges Iran to immediately release British-Iranian grandfather

In a strong decision, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has called on Iran to immediately release 77-year-old British-Iranian grandfather Kamal Foroughi, who has been held in prison in Iran for more than six years.

In their decision, the UN body found that Mr. Foroughi’s detention is arbitrary, and constitutes violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The Working Group calls for Mr. Foroughi’s immediate release, and express their concern over the risk of irreparable harm to his physical and mental integrity.

Read our press release


An op-ed by our client and torture survivor Oliver Acuña Barba on the crude reality of Mexico

In a remarkable piece in openDemocracy, REDRESS client Oliver Acuña Barba describes the harsh reality for many torture survivors in Mexico, a country where massive human rights violations are common everyday practice.

He also discusses the brutal murder of one of our clients, Héctor Casique (pictured above), a torture survivor who was killed last month in broad daylight in Mexico.

REDRESS has called for a swift investigation into the cowardly murder of Casique on 8 June in Mexico, allegedly by members of an organised crime group.

He had been a victim of torture at the hands of the police in 2013 in Cancun. After being arrested on a false murder charge in 2013, he was tortured in order to secure a confession and spent more than three years in detention until the charges against him were finally dropped in September 2016.

REDRESS submitted an amicus curiae brief before the Mexican courts on the inadmissibility of torture evidence, and had brought his case to the attention of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

 

 

 
 

 
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