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Iran:  The Observatory petitions UN body over the ongoing detention of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the OMCT, has petitioned the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) to seek the release of Iranian human rights lawyer Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh.

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September 21, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Togo:  Quatre défenseurs des droits humains en détention dans le cadre de l’exercice de leur mission

September 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Togo

Uganda:  Three break-ins of the non-governmental organisation Twerwaneho Listeners Club’s office premises in Fort Portal

According to the information received, during the week-end of September 8 to 9, 2018, unknown people broke into TLC’s premises in Fort Portal through the ventilators and stole some properties including a hand watch, a t-shirt, and a hot plate cooker. No computer, camera, printer or other valuables were taken, which makes the hypothesis of theft less likely and suggests that the real intent of the break-in was intimidation. This was the third break-in of TLC’s premises in a month. 

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September 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Joint Statement: The Executive Council of the African Union moves towards dismantling the main body tasked with the protection of human rights in Africa

September 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Iran:  Judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of several human rights lawyers

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) about a series of recent acts of judicial harassment and arbitrary detention targeting several lawyers for taking up human rights cases and representing other human rights lawyers prosecuted for their work.

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September 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

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Colombia: HRC39: Declaración oral conjunta de la OMCT y CCJ en la adopción del EPU

Los importantes avances en la implementación del Acuerdo de Paz llaman a Colombia a priorizar las recomendaciones del EPU relacionadas con este tema y a los países que las formularon a hacer un seguimiento cuidadoso. Sin embargo, la continuación de la violencia en varias regiones del país y contra diversas poblaciones hace urgente la incorporación de todas las recomendaciones que hoy se adoptan como pautas para el próximo Plan Nacional de Desarrollo. También es clave que Colombia continúe el proceso de construcción de un Plan Nacional de Acción en Derechos Humanos.

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September 20, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Greece: Open Letter: Systematic police violence and illegal deportation of asylum seekers in Evros

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the leading global network of civil society organisations against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the world, is writing to you to express its grave concern and to call upon your intervention in response to the following situation in Evros region.

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September 20, 2018  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

HRC39: Intervención oral de la OMCT en el diálogo sobre pueblos indígenas

Sra. Relatora, como se refiere en su informe temático, América Latina lidera tristemente los índices de muertes y agresiones de personas pertenecientes a pueblos indígenas que defienden el territorio. Los habitantes de esta región se ven afectados por alarmantes niveles de violencia, generada por una desigualdad e impunidad endémicas, y agravada por una nueva oleada de militarización.  

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September 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Campaign for a YES vote in the European Parliament regarding the situation in HUNGARY

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September 11, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Hungary

OMCT E-Bulletin 64th session

September 3, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Chile, Mauritania, Russian Federation, Seychelles

September 1, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Internship announcement - OMCT is recruiting an intern for its Committee against Torture related activities

July 31, 2018  |  Links

Guatemala: Convocatoria abierta - Apoyo para la redacción y publicación de un informe alternativo en el contexto del 7º examen periódico de Guatemala ante el CAT

La OMCT desea apoyar a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil guatemalteca en el proceso de elaboración, publicación y difusión de un informe alternativo (también denominado “informe alterno” o “informe sombra”) que proporcione información relevante y sistematizada al Comité contra la Tortura de la ONU en el contexto del 7º examen periódico de Guatemala durante su 65ª sesión en 2018. Se valorarán en particular aquellas iniciativas que incorporen los insumos y enfoques de una multiplicidad de agentes sociales. Consulte los términos de referencia en "Archivos adjuntos" para más información. 

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July 20, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Guatemala

Russian Federation: Joint alternative report on Russia's extraterritorial human rights obligations over Transnistria from OMCT and PROMO-LEX

July 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Russian Federation

Russian Federation: Joint alternative report on Russia from OMCT, the Russian NGO Committee against Torture and a number of journalists

July 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Russian Federation