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Honduras:  Allanamiento ilegal de la casa de la Sra. Liliam López, coordinadora de las Mujeres de COPINH.

April 18, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Djibouti:  Reprisals against human rights defender Kadar Abdi Ibrahim upon his return from an advocacy mission in Geneva

Kampala-Johannesburg-Paris-Geneva, 18 April 2018 - DefendDefenders, CIVICUS and the Observatory condemn acts of reprisals against human rights defender Mr. Kadar Abdi Ibrahim ahead of Djiboutian Government’s oral exam before the UN Human Rights Council.

“That Djibouti attempts to silence the few voices who denounce human rights violations committed in the country shows how intolerant to criticism Ismaïl Omar Guelleh’s power is,” our organizations say. “The review that is due to take place on 10 May 2018 must shed light on the serious situation that prevails in the country and demand reforms that guarantee the protection and promotion of human rights.”


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April 18, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti

Guatemala:  Open letter by European parlamentarians raising concerns regarding the deteriorating situation of human rights in Guatemala

Following concerns raised by civil society organisations including the OMCT, 17 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) belonging to six different political groups have expressed their concern about the deteriorating situation of human rights in Guatemala and have callead notably for a transparent selection of the new Public Prosecutor based on strict, clear and objective criteria to evaluate the integrity and suitability of the candidates for the role, so as to demonstrate the unequivocal country’s commitment to a determined fight against impunity.

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April 18, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Guatemala

Egypt:  Death threats against CIHRS Director Bahey el-Din Hassan: European States and US must take measures to protect Egyptian human rights defenders, both home and abroad

The undersigned civil society organisations express their outrage at the latest death threats targeting the Director of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Bahey el-Din Hassan, as a result of his human rights work on Egypt in Europe and the US.

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April 18, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Sudan:  Release of Mr. Osman Salih, Mr. Salih Mahmoud Osman, and Mr. Amjed Fareed.

The Observatory has been informed by the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) about the release of Mr. Osman Salih, lawyer, Mr. Salih Mahmoud Osman, Vice-Chairperson of the Darfur Bar Association and Mr. Amjed Fareed, blogger and human rights defender.

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April 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

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Alternative report on Sénégal from Recontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO) with the technical support of the OMCT

April 16, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

Spain: Declaración Pública: La campaña de descrédito contra una rigurosa investigación sobre la tortura refleja una falta de voluntad para garantizar la no repetición de los hechos

March 29, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Spain

Tajikistan: Joint Submission to the Committee against Torture on the Review of Tajikistan, 63rd Session, April/May 2018

March 27, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Tajikistan

Poland: Polish Parliament Must Protect Women’s Health and Rights

Poland’s Parliament should listen to the voices of women across Poland and reject a regressive legislative proposal that would erode reproductive rights, over 200 human and women’s rights groups from across the globe said in a statement issued today.

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March 22, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Poland

Mexico: Consejo de Derechos Humanos 37º periodo de sesiones: Intervención oral de la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) con la Coalición Colombiana Contra la Tortura (CCCT)

March 22, 2018  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Mexico: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights holds important hearing on implications of Mexico’s new Internal Security Law

The International Observatory on Human Rights in Mexico remains deeply concerned about the new Internal Security Law and the Mexican Government’s refusal to accept the Law’s implications. The International Observatory urges the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to utilize all mechanisms at its disposal to prevent the militarization of public security in Mexico. In particular, the Observatory encourages the IACHR to lend its expertise to the Mexican Supreme Court as it reviews the proposed Law, and that it seek an advisory opinion from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the matter, as well.

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March 22, 2018  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Burundi: Déclaration orale de la FIACAT, Centre CCPR, OMCT et Trial International 37ème session du Conseil des droits de l’homme – Dialogue groupé avec la Commission d’enquête sur le Burundi et le compte-rendu oral du Haut-Commissaire

March 22, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Bangladesh: Bangladesh: Civil society decries mass arrests amid worsening human rights situation

March 22, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh

Statement delivered by OMCT at Interactive Dialogue with the Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Children and Violence and the Special Representative of the Secretary- General on Children and Armed Conflict

March 16, 2018  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Brazil, Honduras

United States: Torture should qualify for trial and not running the CIA

March 14, 2018  |  Statements  |  United States