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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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Iran:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) about the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer and 2012 laureate of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize.

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June 15, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran
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Korea, (South) Republic of:  Release of trade union leader Lee Young-joo


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a FIDH-OMCT partnership) welcomes the release of South Korean labor rights defender Lee Young-joo but decries her conviction on trumped-up charges.

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June 15, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of
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Chile:  Comunicado de prensa: A pesar de la absolución de Machi Linconao, Estado continúa aplicando Ley Antiterrorista de forma discriminatoria

June 13, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile
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Iran:  Press Release: Prominent human rights lawyer detained today

The Iranian authorities should immediately release human rights lawyer Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh and cease all acts of harassment against her, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), urged today.

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June 13, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran
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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

Nicaragua: Carta abierta a la Unión Europea y sus Estados miembro sobre la crisis de los derechos humanos en Nicaragua.

April 27, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua