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Yemen:  Human Rights Groups Condemn Arbitrary Detention of Yemeni Human Rights Defenders and Urge Authorities to Permit Advocates to Freely Travel and Conduct Human Rights Work

The undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations condemn the unlawful detention yesterday of Radhya Almutawakel and Abdulrasheed Alfaqih, two prominent Yemeni human rights defenders with Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, and call on all parties to the armed conflict in Yemen to respect the work of human rights advocates.

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June 19, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Yemen
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Cameroon:  Release on bail and ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the release on bail and ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba, human rights defender and National Vice President of the Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association (MBOSCUDA), an organisation that defends indigenous Mbororo rights.

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June 19, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon
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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Dégradation de l’état de santé en prison de cinq membres du mouvement Filimbi

June 19, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic
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India:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harrassment of ?Mr. Surendra Gadling, Mr. Rona Wilson, Mr. Sudhir Dhawale, Ms. Shoma Sen and Mr. Mahesh Raut

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Surendra Gadling, a Dalit human rights lawyer and the Secretary General of the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers, Mr. Rona Wilson, Public Relations Secretary of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), Mr. Sudhir Dhawale, a Dalit human rights activist and editor of the Marathi magazine Vidrohi, Ms. Shoma Sen, a Dalit and women’s rights defender and a member of the national network Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression,and Mr. Mahesh Raut, a land rights activist and convenerof the People’s Movement Against Displacement (Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan), in various parts of India

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June 19, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India
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Cameroon:   Judicial harrassment, sentence and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Mancho Bibixy Tse

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment, sentence and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Mancho Bibixy Tse (known as BBC), journalist newscaster of Abakwa , a local radio programme aired on Bamenda FM through which he has reported on the rights of the Anglophone minority in Cameroon with a focus on their social and economic marginalisation. He has also been working in close collaboration with the civil society consortium to document human rights violations in North-West Cameroon and to protect vulnerable people in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon.

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June 18, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon
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Honduras: Misión internacional analiza esta semana la respuesta de las instituciones hondureñas ante prácticas constitutivas de tortura o malos tratos

Desde hoy lunes, 18 de junio, hasta el viernes, 22 de junio de 2018, una delegación compuesta por expertos internacionales visita Honduras para conocer la situación de la tortura en el país y las medidas adoptadas por parte de las instituciones del Estado para erradicarla y garantizar el acceso a la justicia y reparación de las víctimas.   

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June 19, 2018  |  Statements  |  Honduras
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Azerbaijan: Civil society call on PACE to appoint a Rapporteur to examine the issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

​​Representatives of 42 international and national non-governmental organizations issue the appeal to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to request the appointment of a Rapporteur to examine the situation of political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

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June 13, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan
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Afghanistan: Open call Afghanistan - ToR organisation of CAT roundtable and follow-up shadow report

June 13, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Afghanistan

Nicaragua: Declaración Pública: La OMCT condena rotundamente y hace un llamado al cese inmediato del uso de fuerza letal contra manifestantes pacíficos

La Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) deplora que en el día de ayer las autoridades nicaragüenses volvieran a incumplir sus obligaciones internacionales haciendo un uso excesivo de la fuerza durante la marcha pacífica en respaldo a las “Madres de Abril”, que dejó más de una decena de muertos y decenas de heridos. 

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May 31, 2018  |  Statements  |  Nicaragua

Open letter to the Mayor of Greater Manchester on Ahmed Mansoor's street naming and release

 

Dear Mayor Burnham,

The undersigned organisations are writing to you to request your support for the release of the award-winning Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, sentenced this week to ten years in prison for his human rights activism. We believe that this will be facilitated by raising awareness of his case by naming a street after him in Manchester.

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May 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions

OMCT E-Bulletin – April-May 2018

May 31, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

TB-Net Statement on the 30th meeting of Chairpersons of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies

This is a joint statement on behalf of seven organizations including OMCT that form the NGO Network on United nations Treaty Bodies (TB-Net). Their mission is to support and enhance the effectiveness of the UN treaty bodies so that they can better contribute to the realisation of the human rights of all persons. The annual meeting of Chairpersons of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies provides a forum for members of the ten human rights treaty bodies to discuss their work and consider ways to enhance the effectiveness of the treaty body system as a whole. 

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May 29, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Moldova, Republic of: Denial of adequate medical care of Mr. Serghei Cosovan while in detention

The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by reliable sources about the denial of adequate medical care of Mr. Serghei Cosovan, a 46-year-old Moldovan citizen, held in custody pending trial in Prison No.16-Pruncul, Chisinau, Moldova.

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May 18, 2018  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Moldova, Republic of

Exhibition "Sous le Jasmin" in Lausanne from 29 May to 9 June 2018

May 3, 2018  |  Events

Submission to the 30th meeting of Chairs of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies

This paper is presented to the 30th meeting of Chairs of the human rights treaty bodies (Chairpersons meeting) by 23 non-governmental organizations that contribute to many aspects of the work of the treaty bodies, including by encouraging and supporting national partners in their use of the system. We have a strong interest in a treaty body system that aims to ensure individuals can effectively exercise their rights under the treaties and that increases human rights protection in countries and provides effective remedies for victims. 

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May 1, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements