Let’s stand together against torture: Join #HumansAgainstTorture

Torture can hit anyone, anywhere – women, men and children. It causes pain that will never go away. Governments have the means to stop torture but fail to use them. The onus therefore is on each and everyone of us to demand that torture stops. [Read more …]





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Congo, Democratic Republic:  20 eurodéputés parrainent 20 défenseurs congolais

September 26, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic
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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Free Rights Activists

Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should immediately and unconditionally release nine Congolese human rights and pro-democracy activists wrongfully detained for their participation in peaceful activities, 45 Congolese and international human rights organizations said today. Four activists were arrested on July 14 and 15, 2017 in Mbuji-Mayi and five others on July 31 in Lubumbashi.

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September 26, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic
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Uganda:  Authorities attempt to silence human rights organisations ahead of constitutional amendment

As Parliament of Uganda discusses the constitutional amendment to lift presidential age limit, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT), FHRI and Chapter Four Uganda call upon authorities to refrain from further hindering the right to freedom of speech, association and peaceful assembly.

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September 25, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda
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Egypt:  Torture and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the torture and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, human rights lawyer, Co-founder and Coordinator of the Association of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt. Mr. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy reportedly also provided legal advice to Giulio Regeni’s family.

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September 22, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Morocco:  Arbitrary detention of Messrs. Hamid El Mahdaoui and Rabie Al-Albak

September 22, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco
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Mexico: Caso Ayotzinapa: Tres años esperando avances significativos en la verdad y justicia para las víctimas

September 26, 2017  |  Statements  |  Mexico
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Togo: Le CACIT et l'OMCT appellent le Togo au respect des engagement internationaux

September 25, 2017  |  Statements  |  Togo
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Philippines: OMCT Oral statement to the HRC

This is the oral Statement to be delivered by the World Organization Against Torture. OMCT welcomes the report of the Working Group on the UPR of the Philippines, and would like to thank all Member States that have relayed the concerns of civil society organizations.

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September 22, 2017  |  Statements  |  Philippines
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Statement at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, Item 6: UPR outcomes - India

September 22, 2017  |  Statements
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Bahrain: International NGOs raise concerns for prisoners of conscience

Dear Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, We are writing to draw your attention to the ongoing arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of human rights defenders and other prisoners of conscience detained in Bahrain and to urge your government to take action on their behalf.

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September 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Burundi: Open letter to the Human Rights Council

September 20, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Release of torture victim Txapartegi still raises questions about Swiss respect for standards

Though her release is obviously welcome, it does not assuage concern over Switzerland’s disregard for basic standards of due process and treatment of asylum seekers and torture survivors, as the Swiss authorities had decided to send her back home in spite of evidence that the confession that led to her conviction had been extracted under torture. Ms. Txapartegi’s release does, however, come as a victory rewarding months of intense joint campaigning by her lawyers, individuals and many civil society organizations including OMCT.

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September 19, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Spain, Switzerland

Burundi: Renouveler le mandat de la Commission d'enquête sur le Burundi et établir la responsabilité des crimes graves commis

Nous, les organisations de la société civile soussignées, vous écrivons pour vous demander de soutenir une résolution renouvelant le mandat de la Commission d'enquête des Nations Unies sur le Burundi (la Commission), et d’appeler le Conseil des droits de l'homme des Nations Unies (le Conseil) à explorer pendant sa 36ème session toutes les options pour assurer la responsabilité des crimes documentés par la Commission y compris, conformément à sa recommandation, l'ouverture d'une enquête par la Cour pénale internationale (CPI), dont le Bureau du Procureur a annoncé l'ouverture d'un examen préliminaire le 25 avril 2016. En outre, nous sollicitons le Conseil de demander la suspension du Burundi du Conseil ou, au minimum, de demander explicitement à l'Assemblée générale d'examiner la question conformément à l'OP8 de la résolution 60/251 de l'Assemblée générale.

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September 19, 2017  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Nepal: Advocating against torture in 2016: The challenges of achieving justice

This Advocacy Forum report focuses on the legal safeguards against torture, namely the right to prompt legal counsel and the right against self-incrimination, more specifically the rule against entering forced confessions into evidence. Monitoring these legal safeguards have been an important aspect of AF’s work together with monitoring torture itself as both form part of the organization’s overall mission to promote the rule of law in Nepal. 

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September 14, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Nepal

Venezuela: The Current Crisis Should be a Human Rights Council Priority

UN member states should address Venezuela’s deepening human rights and humanitarian crisis during the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in September 2017, 116 Venezuelan, Latin American, and international organizations said.

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September 13, 2017  |  Statements  |  Venezuela