REDRESS

Access to justice for victims of torture

Torture survivors include human rights defenders, victims of sexual violence, and others vulnerable to abuse. Thousands of such victims live in the UK. REDRESS provides free expert legal services helping victims to access justice, hold perpetrators to account and restore their dignity.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1015787)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£3,000

Amount raised

£3,256

Donations

17

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

Situation

Torture remains endemic around the world. The vast majority of survivors have no possibility of seeing justice done due to lack of expertise, lack of free legal aid, and a range of obstacles including de facto immunity of public officials and fears of reprisals. Taking on individual cases, supporting local lawyers and advocating for change helps survivors’ heal but also contributes to reinforcing the rule of law and deterring further abuses.

Solution

We have been pursuing torture cases at national, regional and international levels for 20 years. Experience shows that specialised intervention is capable of opening up new windows for justice where none previously existed. Depending on their nature, some cases may incur substantial funds in one single year or at short notice. The case cost fund would allow us increased flexibility to cover immediate and unforeseen costs, maximising our interventions on behalf of survivors.