REDRESS joins ICC member states in The Hague for the 14th Assembly of States Parties
REDRESS is joining ICC member states in The Hague for the 14th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute to address issues central to the ICC’s operations. The meeting will take place from 18-26 November 2015. Our ICC Legal Officer Gaelle Carayon and our ICC Legal Intern Emilie Fitzsimons will tweet from The Hague. You can follow their updates on @gaellecarayon and @emiliefredress.
New edition of Pan African Reparation Perspectives bulletin
REDRESS is pleased to announce the publication of a new edition of Pan African Reparation Perspectives, a bulletin edited in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in South Africa. Articles included in the current issue:
- A General Comment on the Right to Redress for Victims of Torture and Ill-treatment under Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights;
- Access to Redress for victims of torture in Kenya: Challenges and Best Practices;
- The Right to Rehabilitation: Normative Gaps to be addressed by the General Comment on Redress;
- The right to a (private) prosecution as a key component of the right to reparation;
- Reparation processes for victims in Côte d’Ivoire: a promising development though need for more transparency and participation; and
- The Pan African Reparations Initiative (PARI)’s Contribution towards Better Access to Reparation in Africa.
National legal workshop in Perú
REDRESS and its partner la Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDDHH) organised a legal workshop around the topic of torture, ill-treatment and the use of force in Lima, Perú, on 29 - 30 October. The workshop was attended by our Legal Officer Gaia Pergolo and lawyers from different parts of Peru attended the meeting. To know more about our work in Perú visit our blog www.wecanstoptorture.org or follow @westoptorture
REDRESS intervenes in rendition case before the United Kingdom Supreme Court
REDRESS, together with other NGOs, has intervened before the Supreme Court in the case brought by a former anti-Gaddafi leader, Abdul-Hakim Belhaj, and his wife, Fatima Bouchar. The couple claims that British intelligence and security officials were involved in their abduction and illegal transfer to Libya, where they were tortured. A hearing in the case took place from 9 - 12 November.
In 2013, the High Court struck out their lawsuit after finding that, even though they had a “potentially well-founded claim” that the UK authorities were “directly implicated” in their abduction, the case should not be heard because it could damage UK-US relations. In 2014, however, the Court of Appeal ruled that they had the right to sue these officials because the failure to allow so would result in a denial of a legal remedy for very grave allegations of human rights violations. The Court held that the risk of displeasing other States could not outweigh the imperative of providing access to justice to victims.
REDRESS, JUSTICE, Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists applied to intervene before the Supreme Court, after having intervened previously before the Court of Appeal.
The UN Human Rights Committee recently found the Uzbek Government responsible for the torture and ill-treatment of Mutabar Tadjibayeva, a well-known Uzbek human rights defender who has been living in exile in Paris since 2009.
In 2012, Ms Tadjibayeva filed a complaint before the Committee with the support of human rights organisations REDRESS in London and FIDH in Paris. She was the victim of a campaign of severe harassment, abuse and torture at the hands of the Uzbek authorities from 2002 until 2009. She was gang-raped by police officers on one occasion and had her uterus removed without her consent whilst serving part of an eight-year prison sentence. The Committee gave Uzbekistan 180 days to inform it of the measures taken to implement its views.
Submission to the African Commission on behalf of Libyan client
REDRESS and Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) have made a submission to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights on behalf of a Libyan victim of torture. The victim is of the discriminated Tawergha community and the case focuses on the discrimination and lack of access to justice faced by him. Our submission was filed on 23 October.