REDRESS celebrates opening of new Hague office with conference
REDRESS has officially started its operations in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice! To mark the opening we held a conference on “Justice for victims and accountability for torturers: past, present and future strategies” on 29 September 2016, at The Carlton Ambassador Hotel in The Hague.
The aim of the conference was to reflect on a range of approaches taken to afford justice to victims and to hold those responsible for torture to account. It drew on experiences in several countries, and brought together lawyers and other experts with direct knowledge of regional, hybrid and domestic efforts and mechanisms.
Paul Lomas, Chair of the inaugural Board of Directors of our Dutch charity, and a Senior Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, opened the conference.
REDRESS and other NGOs call for the adoption for strong UN resolution on Sudan
REDRESS and 32 other NGOs and experts have called on the UN Human Rights Council to support the adoption of a strong resolution on Sudan at its 33rd session that started on 13 September 2016 in Geneva.
The organisations note that five years on, the conflicts between Sudan and armed opposition on South Kordofan and Blue Nile continue to have a devastating impact on civilians, with Sudanese forces continuing to attack villages and bomb civilian areas indiscriminately, and to block humanitarian aid from accessing affected areas.
They demand that the resolution mandates a Special Rapporteur to monitor and report on ongoing human rights violations and publicly urges Sudan to implement the recommendations made to Sudan by the UN Human Rights Council in 2016.
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REDRESS and IMLU organise international conference in Nairobi
REDRESS and partners organised an international conference that took place during the 8 and 9 of September in Nairobi, Kenya.
The purpose of the two-day conference "Fighting torture at home: the implementation of States' international obligations at the domestic level" was to provide experts and practitioners from different countries an opportunity to discuss and exchange experiences litigating torture cases domestically as well as before regional and international human rights mechanisms.
During the conference we also launched our "Reporting on Torture" handbook at a reception with keynote remarks by award winning investigative reporter and CNN fellow John Allan Namu.
Release Nazanin Ratcliffe immediately and give her compensation, UN body tells Iran
On 7 September 2016 the WGAD issued its Opinion stating that Nazanin Ratcliffe’s deprivation of liberty was arbitrary, and called on Iran to release her immediately and to accord her an enforceable right to compensation. It also urged Iran to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding Nazanin Ratcliffe’s arbitrary detention of liberty and to take appropriate measures against those responsible. In addition it referred the case to the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
REDRESS press statement, 13 October 2016
Please read more about her case here
REDRESS and other NGOs call on Boris Johnson to step up demarches with Ethiopia to secure Andy Tsege's release
Andargachew Tsege, a prominent figure in Ethiopian politics who is a British citizen and long-time London resident was sentenced to death in 2009 in his absence, in proceedings described as "lacking in basic elements of due process". On 23 June 2014 Andy was travelling from Dubai to Asmara, on his British passport. The journey involved a brief transit through Sana'a international airport in Yemen. While on an internal airport bus to his connecting flight, he was abducted by what are believed to have been Yemeni intelligence officers, acting on the orders of the Ethiopian authorities. He was kidnapped, illegally transferred to Ethiopia and is now detained with a constant threat that his death sentence will be carried out.
We are calling on the UK Government to call for his immediate release and return to his family.
See our letter: here
For more information on Andy's claim against Ethiopia before the African Commission, see: here
REDRESS seeks justice for British citizen ill-treated while in prison in Panama
REDRESS has filed a criminal complaint on behalf of Nick Tuffney, a British businessman who was held in appalling detention conditions in Panama for 16 months, which included being shackled to the front bars of the prison, exposed to the elements for nearly two months 24 hours a day.
Despite never being tried or convicted of a crime, in 2014 Mr Tuffney was deported and banned from Panama for 10 years. He was forced to leave his young son behind, whom he has not seen since. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has called on the Panamanian Government to start an investigation into the abuse and to provide reparations to Mr. Tuffney, but the Panamanian government has yet to respond.