REDRESS is looking for runners for the 10K London run on 10 July
REDRESS is in need of runners who are willing to run for us and help promote our mission!
We are urgently looking for runners for the 2016 10K London run which will take place on Sunday 10 July.
The running route will take you through the heart of the City of Westminster and the City of London and provide you with a fun and fulfilling experience!
We need to fill 5 spots that we have secured quickly!
If you need a good excuse to get back into shape or are already an avid runner then why not run for a good cause and support us in standing up for torture survivors and against impunity?
Please run for REDRESS and contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 0207 793 1777!
Workshop in Kenya with victims of post-election violence
REDRESS held a workshop on 11 and 12 May in Nairobi, Kenya, with 28 representatives of victims of the post-election violence. The participants were updated on the latest developments of the Kenya cases at the ICC by the court’s Common Legal Representative for Victims and had the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the victim representative of Kenya's National Consultative Coordination Committee on Internally Displaced Persons.
REDRESS and others human rights groups urge EU States to do more against impunity
On the first EU Day Against Impunity, which took place on 23 May in The Hague, REDRESS and others called on EU Member States to do more to track, investigate and prosecute suspects of atrocities perpetrated in Syria and Iraq found in EU Member States. In a joint statement, the organisations urged EU Member States to further enhance national prosecutions of crimes under international law and human rights violations.
The organisations urged EU Member States to consolidate the progress in the prosecution of crimes under international law by national courts in the last 20 years.
Juergen Schurr, REDRESS' Head of Law and Policy, also participated in a panel discussion entitled "National Jurisdictions in the Front line of Fighting Impunity: Lessons Learned, Contemporary and Future Challenges" in The Hague. Other panellists included Gerard Dive, President of the Belgium Task Force for International Criminal Justice; Stephen Rapp, former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, and Cristina Ribeiro, Deputy Head of Investigations at the ICC.
UN demands Iran release high-profile female political prisoner
In a strong opinion released on 26 May, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) orders Iran to immediately release and provide compensation to Kurdish women’s human rights defender Zeinab Jalalian – believed to be the only female political prisoner currently sentenced to life imprisonment in Iran.
The UN body finds that Jalalian’s arrest and subsequent detention were arbitrary, that she was subjected to an unfair trial and that she has been subjected to torture and ill-treatment at the hands of Iranian authorities.
The opinion comes after the filing of a petition in March 2015 by REDRESS and Justice for Iran for the WGAD to intervene.
“Since her arrest eight years ago, Zeinab Jalalian has suffered severe human rights abuses at the hands of Iranian authorities, including torture, which have caused a lasting harm to her physical and mental health. As confirmed by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, there is no legal basis for her arrest and subsequent detention, and Ms Jalalian was merely targeted for her political activism. The Government of Iran must release her immediately to redress the harm caused to her, and provide compensation, as ordered by the Working Group,” said Carla Ferstman, Director of REDRESS.
Read our full statement here.
REDRESS challenges Lithuania's role in torture of Guantanamo detainee
REDRESS has filed a new appeal in Lithuania concerning Mustafa al-Hawsawi's request for victim status in a pre-trial criminal investigation into CIA secret prisons (also known as black sites). Lithuania allowed the CIA to establish black sites on its territory where detainees, including Mr al-Hawsawi, were held in violation of their human rights.
If it had not been for the cooperation of countries like Lithuania the CIA would not have been able to carry out its programme of secret detentions and interrogations. The ongoing denial of Mr al-Hawsawi’s right to victim status is an example of the State’s failure to fulfil its obligations under various treaties, including the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention Against Torture.
REDRESS and other human rights organisations urged MEPs on 7 June to support a resolution asking EU Member States to do more to ensure accountability for the multiple human rights violations committed under the CIA programme in European Member States.
REDRESS helps develop reparation claims in Hissène Habré case
REDRESS provided technical assistance to Chadian lawyers representing victims in the Hissène Habré case during the reparations phase, which started recently. Habré was convicted of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes committed during his period as President, from 1982-1990, on 30 May. The 1992 Chadian Truth Commission estimated the victims during Habré’s rule at “more than 40,000 victims, more than 80,000 orphans, more than 30,000 widows and more than 200,000 people who found themselves without moral or material support". Habré's conviction is already a form of satisfaction for many victims, but it should be accompanied by adequate compensation and rehabilitation for those who were permanently marked by the horrible torture suffered by them or their families.