MacArthur Awards for Creative & Effective Institutions

REDRESS

London, United Kingdom | 2010 Award Recipient

Seeking justice for survivors of torture and other serious human rights abuses

REDRESS fights for justice for torture survivors by holding perpetrators and complicit governments accountable for their responsibilities, monitoring compliance with international law, and helping victims gain greater involvement in national and international justice processes, including the International Criminal Court.

The London-based group files legal cases and advocates for individuals and communities affected by torture and related violence around the world. In Sudan, scores of displaced persons living in the Soba Aradi camp near Khartoum were beaten, tortured, and killed as police tried forcibly to relocate several thousand families. REDRESS and its partners filed a complaint with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and now, for the first time, these actions are being examined. In Nepal, victims of torture, forced disappearance, and killings during the recent conflict have a voice thanks to claims filed before the United Nations' Human Rights Committee by REDRESS and its local partners. When alleged war criminals are brought before international courts, victims are often not involved in the proceedings. But victims are able to tell their stories before the International Criminal Court today thanks in part to the work of REDRESS. 

REDRESS will use its $500,000 award to increase security and thus expand its reach in post-conflict situations; to increase its expertise in realms including gender, trauma, refugees and displaced persons; to expand media outreach; and to contribute to its operating reserve.

 

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