REDRESS - Ending Torture, Seeking Justice for Surviors Reparation News
October 2010      

Dear Friends,

Welcome to REDRESS’ October 2010 edition of Reparation News. Please find below a summary of recent news, media articles and publications from REDRESS.

Best wishes,

Carla Ferstman


Victims relieved at decision to resume Lubanga trial

REDRESS welcomes today’s judgment from the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court lifting the stay of proceedings in the trial against Mr. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. REDRESS' Director said:

“we are extremely relieved to see that this very landmark trial may finally resume. This is important for victims who feared that they would lose their chance at justice. While today’s judgment means that Mr. Lubanga’s case is back on track, the fact that it was at the point of collapse is very worrying – we hope the problems which led to this impasse can be fully addressed so that this and other trials are not inappropriately placed at risk. Protracted delays in this first case before the ICC have contributed to victims’ sense of hopelessness. Those who suffered the terrible events in Ituri deserve a full and fair consideration of these allegations and have waited a long time for it.”

The full text of our statement, issued on 8 October 2010 is available here.

Whose Security? Sudan's Security Services, Human Rights and Legislative Reforms

Sudanese human rights defenders Ali Agab and Monim Elgak talk about their work and experiences with Discussant: Rania El Rajji, Amnesty International and Chair: Dr Lutz Oette, REDRESS.

On 8 October 2010 REDRESS and SOAS Centre for Law and Conflict organised a seminar on Sudan's security services. The well-attended event provided a forum to discuss the role and human rights record of Sudan's security services and the need for fundamental legislative reforms. It also explored current developments concerning the forthcoming referendum on the independence of South Sudan and challenges for human rights protection throughout Sudan.

To Read More about REDRESS' work on Criminal Law Reform in Sudan visit the Criminal Law Reform In Sudan website

New Publications From REDRESS

REDRESS' most recent Reports, Newsletters and Updates are available in the Publications section of the website. These include:

-Review of the implementation of recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur on Torture, after his mission to Nepal in 2005

- Inquiry into alleged UK involvement in the mistreatment of detainees held abroad (REDRESS and other leading NGOs write to Sir Peter Gibson on the need for the Inquiry to be sufficiently empowered and transparent).

-ICC Victims' Rights Legal Update September 2010

REDRESS and FIDH Announce Conference For 1 December 2010

On 1 December 2010 REDRESS and FIDH will hold a conference in Brussels to present and discuss the results of our comparative research on legislation and practices relating to universal jurisdiction within the 27 EU Member States. Within this context, the EU framework in this area will also be examined.  Further details on the conference, to include the registration form will appear on the REDRESS website in the coming weeks.

The Wider Implications of the Arrest of Callixte Mbarushimana in Paris

“The failure to act, in a timely manner, on the overwhelming information which linked Mr.Mbarushimana to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda gave him the space, time and confidence to defend and strengthen the FDLR”, commented REDRESS,CPCR and African Rights.“

African Rights, the REDRESS Trust and the Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda (CPCR) welcome the decision of the French Government to arrest Callixte Mbarushimana, the Executive Secretary of the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), in Paris yesterday, in response to an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 28 September 2010. Mr Mbarushimana has been charged by the ICC with war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Kivu region in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He arrived in France in 2003 and has been living there ever since.

The full text of this statement, issued on 12 October 2010 is available here.

Join the Run for REDRESS Team

We now have spaces available for the 2011 Virgin London Marathon.

If you would like to be a part of the Run for REDRESS team this April, please contact us at

VRWG- Victims’ Rights Working Group

Visit The Victims' Rights Working Group (VRWG) website, a network coordinated by REDRESS that works to ensure that victims’ rights are met throughout the judicial process of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Visit VRWG

PCLRS- Criminal Law Reform in Sudan

Visit the Project for Criminal Law Reform in Sudan (PCLRS) a joint initiative of REDRESS and local Sudanese partners which seeks to advocate for crucial criminal law reforms in Sudan and thereby advance the legal recognition of rights of all people in Sudan.



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