GREECE. 2005. Lavrio Detention Center:
This Afghani man resisted conscription by the Taliban, and was consequently tortured.
He is now being detained in Greece as an illegal immigrant
© Copyright Jim Goldberg / Magnum Photos
The Torture (Damages) Bill
Justice for Torture Survivors in the UK
Justice is a torture survivor's right. It is also an essential part of the healing process and sends a clear signal to perpetrators that torture will not be tolerated, wherever it takes place. Yet, torture survivors in the UK are currently unable to seek justice in English courts for the torture they endured overseas.
If enacted, a Torture (Damages) Bill would allow survivors to bring a claim for compensation in the courts of England and Wales against those individuals and governments responsible, where they are unable to do so in the country in which they were tortured.
A Bill was introduced into the House of Lords as a Private Members' Bill by late Lord Archer of Sandwell QC in 2006-2007. For a full account of the Bill's passage through the Lords and first readings in the House of Commons, including the inquiry made by the Joint Committee on Human Rights in 2009 and REDRESS' evidence to the Joint committee, as well as the Committee's report, that recommended that the British goverment legislate click here.
Thank you to all our supporters who have successfully campaigned for the Bill in previous years.
- Request a briefing pack on the past campaign contact email@example.com or download it here
- If you have experience dealing with survivors of torture or, of the legal issues relating to accountability for torture and state immunity and would like to submit evidence, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Torture survivors tell REDRESS why the Torture (Damages) Bill is so important to obtaining justice
Why Torture Survivors Support This Bill
(click on the pictures below to read their statements)
"One thing that really hurt was being blindfolded and just catching sight of ‘Made in England’ on the handcuffs. Boy did that hurt."
"Oh my god you can’t believe it. For two hours one guard is slapping, one is kicking, one is punching me. I fall down twice but I am picked up."
"Hiding behind the barrier of State Immunity, the states have never had to dispute the substantive evidence of alleged heinous crimes."