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.


Latest news  

REDRESS condemns the detention of prominent Bahraini human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja 

1 September 2014 - REDRESS condemns the detention in Bahrain on Saturday of prominent Bahraini human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja. Ms Al-Khawaja is co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights. She is a Danish-Bahraini citizen who lives in London. Ms Al-Khawaja was detained on her arrival at Bahrain International Airport. She had travelled to Bahrain to see her father, another well-known human rights defender who has been on hunger strike since 24 August. On Sunday, she was charged with insulting the King, assaulting police offices and being involved with a rights campaign. She is now in jail pending a court hearing. REDRESS is gravely concerned for her safety, given the ongoing allegations of torture of detainees and political prisoners in Bahrain. It is urging diplomatic representatives in Bahrain, specially Danish consular officials, to request her immediate release.

Read our press statement


REDRESS continues to seek justice for torture survivor from Cameroon

31 July 2014 - REDRESS continues to seek implementation of the UN Human Rights Committee’s (UNHRC) Views in the case of Ebenezer Akwanga, an activist from Cameroon who was subjected to torture and other human rights violations over the period 1997-2003, including being held incommunicado and having melting plastic bags dripped onto his bare thighs. 

In 2011, the UNHRC found that Mr Akwanga's human rights had been violated and called on Cameroon to review the case in which he was convicted, investigate the torture and hold those responsible accountable, and pay him adequate compensation.

Cameroon has not yet taken any steps to comply with any of its obligations. REDRESS has filed a further submission with the UNHRC expressing the need for Cameroon to comply with its obligations.

See our submission to the UNHRC, 31 July 2014

Read more about the case



Survivors' Stories

Les Walker

One thing that really hurt was catching sight of ‘Made in England’ on the handcuffs.

Read more of Les' story

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Films about REDRESS:

In 2012 REDRESS marked its 20th anniversary by commissioning two films.The films document REDRESS’ history since its founding by British torture survivor Keith Carmichael (top) and feature interviews with him as well as with other torture survivors.
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