REDRESS

Protecting UK nationals at risk of torture abroad

Ensuring that a government meets its international obligations and stays true to the absolute prohibition of torture is crucial to encourage greater assistance to victims. REDRESS will advocate the UK Government to secure the release of persons help in deplorable conditions in Iran and Ethiopia.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1015787)

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Situation

According to FCO data from 09/15, 2,000+ UK/dual nationals were detained abroad, with about 100 new ill-treatment cases each year. At present, REDRESS assists 3 British nationals arbitrary detained in Iran and Ethiopia and has pursued international remedies on their behalf. It has engaged the FCO to step up demarches, however, HMG has discretion as to whether and how strongly to pursue demarches with foreign governments and there is limited transparency and inadequate oversight.

Solution

The funds will help REDRESS to advocate with family members of detainees to encourage HMG to do more to support these and other detainees and to strengthen Parliamentary oversight of consular cases involving torture. Also, it will assist REDRESS to increase pressure on the Government by engaging Parliament and the media, focusing on imposing conditions on aid and assistance programmes. The project will press the UK Government to do more to ensure that its nationals are free from torture.