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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United Arab Emirates:  One year on, award-winning human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor's whereabouts remain unknown

The authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should reveal the whereabouts of prominent human rights defender and citizen-journalist Ahmed Mansoor and release him immediately and unconditionally, over two dozen human rights organisations said today. He is being held for his peaceful human rights work.

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March 20, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Colombia:  European parlamentarians express concern for the situation of human rights defenders in Colombia

27 MEPs belonging to 4 different political groups express their serious concern regarding the situation of human rights defenders in Colombia, highlighting the situation of the comunidad de Paz and the human rights defenders in Uraba and Buenaventura among others. They also ask the Colombian authorities to establish guarantees for the work of Human Rights Defenders and to put an end to all acts of stigmatisation against them.

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March 20, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Russian Federation:  Ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Oyub Titiev

According to the information received, on March 19, 2018, Chechnya’s Supreme Court confirmed Mr. Oyub Titiev’s pre-trial detention until May 9, 2018, despite arguments from his lawyers that the extension of his pre-trial detention is baseless. During the hearing, Mr. Oyub Titiev appeared in cage.

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March 20, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Philippines:  Unfounded terrorist accusations against dozens of human rights defenders

On February 21, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition before the Manila Regional Court against more than 600 individuals, tagging them as terrorists under the Human Security Act of 2007 (Republic Act 9372), also known as the Anti-Terrorism Law, for to their alleged connection with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA).

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March 19, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Brazil:  Killing of human rights defender Ms. Marielle Franco

The Observatory has been informed by Justicia Global about the killing of councillor and activist Ms. Marielle Franco. Well-known for her social work, Ms. Franco was elected to the city council of Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and presided over the women’s commission. In her capacity, Ms. Franco has spoken against police brutality and grinding poverty as well as in support of victims of shoot-outs with drug gangs in the favelas. In February 2018, she was chosen to be a rapporteur of the commission overseeing the deployment of federal security forces in Rio’s favelas. Ms. Franco was an outspoken critic of the decision of Brazilian President Michel Temer to deploy the army in poor neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro after a spike in violent crimes during carnival and in order to contain the escalating violence since the 2016 Olympic Games.

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March 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

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INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT: Project Development and Institutional Giving

March 19, 2018  |  Links

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

Mexico: HRC37 - Gael García Bernal speech before Human Rights Council

March 14, 2018  |  Statements  |  Mexico

A call by actor and filmmaker Gael García Bernal in Geneva "We need an international mechanism against impunity in Mexico"

March 13, 2018  |  Statements

Russian Federation: Wave of violence against civic activists must be stopped

We, members of the OSCE-wide NGO coalition Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), express our deepest concern over the reported wave of torture, ill-treatment, and enforced disappearance of activists of the anti-fascist movement in Russia committed by Russian Federal Security Service in recent months. 

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March 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Venezuela: Amicus curiae por la OMCT y Women's Link Worldwide ante la Corte interamericana de derechos humanos

March 9, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Reports and Publications  |  Venezuela

Venezuela: Amicus Curiae preparado por la OMCT y Women’s Link Worlwide ante la Corte Interamericana de derechos humanos

March 8, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Venezuela

IACtHR could help quell gender-based violence by ruling Venezuela guilty of torture by a private individual

By considering Venezuela guilty of the torture inflicted by a private individual upon Ms. Linda Loaiza López Soto, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) has a unique opportunity to help quell gender-based violence, OMCT and Women’s Link Worldwide (Women’s Link) have advised the court.

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March 8, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Statements

European Union (EU): HRDN Statement: Promoting Human Rights and Democracy
in the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework

The 51 member organisations of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), of which the OMCT is a member organisation, consider that the European Union’s commitments spelled out in Article 2 and 21 of the Treaty remain fully relevant. The EU institutions and its member states must guide the negotiations of the future Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) in a direction that reinforces human rights through the EU’s internal and external financial instruments.

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March 1, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU)