The Human Rights Centre Clinic is running a stand-alone project, the Arbitrary Detention Redress Unit (ADRU) in 2022/23 under the supervision of Dr Matthew Gillett, a United Nations Special Mandate holder, as an expert member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
Arbitrary detention is a human rights violation. It is prohibited under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It can constitute a gateway to further violations, including torture, enforced disappearances, and violations of fair trial rights. Thousands of people around the world are subjected to arbitrary detention every year, including human rights defenders, journalists, and members of civil society organisations.
Over the course of the year, the ADRU team will work with Dr Matthew Gillett and other UN experts to redress cases of alleged arbitrary detention. The team will receive specialized training on key legal and human rights concepts related to protecting people from having their freedom improperly taken from them. They will learn how to review and analyze submitted complaints of arbitrary detention, assess government responses concerning allegations of human rights violations, and research novel issues regarding detention-related human rights violations. Team members will work on real cases and help prepare briefings for country visits, including inspections of detention facilities. Team members will be required to sign non-disclosure agreements covering their work in the ADRU.
Applications for 2022-2023 are closed.