Panel discussion on challenges facing the ICC (upcoming)
London, UK, 16 May
Dadimos Haile, REDRESS’ Interim Director, will be speaking on this panel. The discussion will also feature William R. Pace, Coalition for the ICC; Richard Goldstone, former prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and James Steward, International Criminal Court. It will be followed by a reception in honour of the Coalition for the ICC’s Advisory Board. The panel discussion will last from 15:30 to 17:30 and the reception from 17:30 to 19:30. The event will take place at SOAS, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 646 4658529.
Photo by ICC-CPI/Wim Cappelen.
25th Anniversary of the UN Committee Against Torture
Geneva, Switzerland, 7 May
The 7 May marked 25 years of the United Nations Committee Against Torture, the guardian of one of the most widely accepted human rights conventions. REDRESS joined the celebrations in Geneva with a speech on redress for victims of torture. We also launched a campaign together with several leading human rights organisations for universal ratification of the convention, calling on the remaining 42 countries to join the treaty and recognize the full competence of the UNCAT.
Read the full speech
Read our statement calling for universal ratification of UNCAT
Strengthening victims’ participation before the ICC
The Hague, the Netherlands, 24-27 April
REDRESS and Amnesty International brought together a panel of experts to discuss how to ensure that victims’ participation before the International Criminal Court (ICC) is effective and meaningful for them. The meeting took place at a critical moment for the future of victims’ participation before the ICC, with reviews being considered by the Court and States Parties about the way they apply to and participate in proceedings. Experts’ conclusions will be published in the coming months.
Training in Africa on investigating allegations of torture
Johannesburg, SA, 23-24 April, and online training, 2-14 April
The Network of the African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) organised this training on the topic of investigating allegations of torture. The aim of the training was to strengthen the overall capacity of these institutions to prevent torture in their countries. About 30 such institutions participated in the training. The tutoring was provided by the APT and the NANHRI, together with REDRESS and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.
Crown Prosecution Service Community Involvement Panel
London, UK, 22 April
REDRESS participated in a Community Involvement Panel (CIP) meeting in London. Organised four times a year by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the meeting is invitation-only, and functions as a forum where stakeholders engaged in the investigation and prosecution of suspected perpetrators of international crimes within the UK are invited to meet, share information in confidence and exchange views. Participants include the CPS, police officers, representatives of the UK Border Agency and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), defence solicitors, academics and NGOs. The meeting focused on the theme of special mission immunity.
Read FCO Statement on Special Mission Immunity
Meeting of the EU Genocide Network
The Hague, the Netherlands, 16 April
REDRESS participated in the 14th meeting of the EU Genocide Network. The main focus of the meeting was the question of immunity of state officials from the criminal jurisdiction of foreign states. REDRESS along with TRIAL (Track Impunity Always), Amnesty International, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) submitted a statement on this subject to the participants. In its final conclusions, the Network acknowledged the role that practitioners have to play in ensuring that immunities do not unduly shield individuals from criminal responsibility for these crimes.
Read the last issue of Universal Jurisdiction News
Litigating before UNCAT
Washington, USA, 15 April
REDRESS' Director, Carla Ferstman, joined a panel of experts at a conference in Washington to discuss best practices for litigation before the United Nations Committee against Torture, to better protect and assist victims of torture. The conference was sponsored by the American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) and the World Organisation Against Torture. The Human Rights Brief at AUWCL will publish the conference proceedings in its upcoming volume 20.4.
Training in Tunisia
Tunis, Tunisia, 13-15 April
REDRESS’ Counsel, Lutz Oette, was part of a team of trainers in a workshop organised by DIGNITY together with the Organisation Contre la Torture en Tunisie (OCTT) titled “Documentation for torture - providing evidence for prosecution and reparation”. The workshop covered the application of the Istanbul Protocol. Participants included lawyers and health professionals from Libya and Tunisia as well as prosecutors from Tunisia.
Legal foundations for redress
Stockholm, Sweden, 17 April
Jo-Anne Prud’home, Legal Programme Officer at REDRESS, gave a keynote talk at the annual meeting of the European Network of Rehabilitation Centres for Survivors of Torture at the Swedish Parliament. The conference was organised in conjunction with the Swedish Red Cross. Much of the urgent rehabilitation work in Europe is done by volunteers and NGOs with uncertain funding. This conference discussed the role of the State to provide rehabilitation to victims of torture, looking at case studies, policy proposals and legal foundations for redress and rehabilitation.
"A Day in Iraq" conference
London, 5 April
REDRESS Counsel Lutz Oette spoke on "Torture and the struggle for justice" at this conference organised by Iraqi Women Solidarity. The conference featured testimonies from Iraqi women, researchers, writers, artists and activists.