REDRESS' work is focused on a very specialised area of human rights (reparation for torture and other serious international crimes). This work requires us to closely monitor national and international developments in this field, which makes us well placed to comment upon and assess the state of the law and any developing trends, and to work with regional and international experts on various standard setting initiatives.
REDRESS plays a significant role in ensuring survivors’ rights are recognised and protected in international treaties, declarations and principles, and in ensuring that the bodies interpreting such instruments set out in their jurisprudence and commentaries positive explanations which affirm survivors’ rights in context. Certain standard setting exercises at the international level help to clarify and systematise the law in areas where jurisprudence and legislation has developed haphazardly and it is difficult to locate the state of the law. They can also help to identify gaps and further advance trends in international law aimed at improving the exercise of rights at the national and international level. In other cases, we are involved in the development of rules and procedures of key international institutions such as the International Criminal Court. As many are looking to this Court as a beacon for international justice, work on the Court's procedures has an impact upon the practices of other national and international processes.
Key recent examples of this work are:
- Civil Society Letter to EU Genocide Network on Strengthening efforts to combat impunity within EU Member States for crimes under international law
- SIHA and REDRESS comments to the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women on Access to Justice
- REDRESS and IRCT submission to the Committee on Migrant Workers on draft General Comment on Migrant Workers in an Irregular Situation
- REDRESS’ comments on the UN Committee Against Torture’s draft General Comment on Article 14 of the UN Convention Against Torture
- REDRESS’ report to the International Criminal Court on Victim Participation
- REDRESS’ report to the International Criminal Court on Reparation for Victims
- REDRESS’ comments on the UN Committee Against Torture’s draft General Comment on Article 2 of the UN Convention Against Torture
- The Nairobi Principles on Women’s and Girls’ Right to a Remedy and Reparation