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Bahrain:  Mrs. Ebtisam Al-Saegh arbitrarily detained and charged under Anti-Terrorism law and sentencing of Ms. Nazeeha Saeed

T​he Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest, detention and the charges brought against Mrs. Ebtisam Al-Saegh, Monitoring and Documentation Officer at the NGO Salam for Democracy and Human Rights.
On July 18, 2017, Mrs. Ebtisam Al-Saegh was charged under Anti-Terrorism law. The Prosecutor ordered a 6 month detention of Mrs. Ebtisam Al-Saegh pending investigation.

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July 21, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Viet Nam:  Joint Press Release: Immediately release labour and land rights defender Tran Thi Nga

Geneva-Paris, July 21, 2017 - Vietnamese authorities must drop all charges against labour and land rights defender Tran Thi Nga and immediately release her, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) urged today.


July 21, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam
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Honduras:  Asesinato de Luis Joel Rivera Perdomo, estudiante y miembro del Movimiento Estudiantil de la UNAH

July 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras
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Malaysia:  Release and subsequent deportation of Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan


The Observatory has been informed about the release and subsequent deportation of
Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of the human rights non-governmental organisation Odhikar in Bangladesh, also a member of OMCT General Assembly and FIDH Vice-President.

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July 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia
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Malaysia:  Arbitrary arrest of prominent human rights defender Adilur Rahman Khan


The Observatory has been informed with great concern about the arbitrary arrest in Kuala Lumpur of
Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of the human rights non-governmental organisation Odhikar, in Bangladesh, also a member of OMCT General Assembly and FIDH Vice-President.

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July 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia
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Congo, Democratic Republic: Release immediately Mr. Eugène DIOMI NDONGALA

July 12, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Azerbaijan: French President Macron urged to help ensure the release of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

Thirty-three human rights NGOs have sent an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, urging him to help ensure the release of political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

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July 12, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Colombia: La falta de reparación integral a las víctimas: serio obstáculo para la erradicación de la tortura en Colombia

Ginebra-Bogotá, 11 de julio de 2017. La Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) y la Coalición Colombiana contra la Tortura (CCCT) concluyen la misión de evaluación sobre el cumplimiento de los compromisos internacionales contraídos por parte de Colombia para erradicar la tortura y otros malos tratos.

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July 11, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Pakistan: Alternative Report to the Human Rights Committee

The following submission has been prepared by the Justice Project Pakistan(JPP), World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), and Reprieve for submission to the 120th session of the Human Rights Committee (HRC). The report comments on the Government of Pakistan’s Initial Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) particularly with regards to its failure to fulfill its obligations with respect to its application of the death penalty and police torture. The report supplements the information contained in the submission made by the parties to the HRC for the List of Issues (LOIs) and is meant to be read in conjunction thereof.

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July 7, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Pakistan

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - Why stand up to violence against women?

June 26, 2017  |  Events

Burundi: Le viol comme Outil de Répression au Burundi.

June 12, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Burundi

Israel: Projections de GHOST HUNTING avec Raed Andoni en Suisse romande dès la semaine prochaine

June 6, 2017  |  Events  |  Israel

OMCT E-Bulletin of the 60th CAT Session in Arabic

June 1, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Lebanon, Pakistan

China: Joint Letter: EU Summit Should Make Rights A Priority

Our organizations have documented and advocated solutions to human rights violations in China for decades.  We write ahead of the June 2, 2017 European Union (EU)-China Summit in Brussels to urge you to use that occasion to lead the EU and its member states in demonstrating unified and unambiguous commitment to promoting human rights in China.  We note that the summit will be held two days before the 28th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. It is an important reminder of your responsibility to raise in private and public interactions EU and member states’ concerns about human rights violations in China in all exchanges with your Chinese counterparts.

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May 31, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China, European Union (EU)

OMCT E-Bulletin – May 2017

This E-Bulletin is part of OMCT’s “Convention Against Torture Programme”. OMCT mobilizes and coordinates activities of civil society organizations during the sessions of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT). It facilitates the engagement of civil society by building coalitions, sharing information, ensuring timely and effective report submissions, advising on advocacy opportunities and supporting effective access to the CAT. Find out more on our work on our website. 

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May 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications