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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Honduras:  Video: MEPs and international civil society organisations support Berta Cáceres' family and COPINH

Tomorrow, May 24th, the preliminary hearing takes place of five of theeight accused in the case of the murder of Berta Cáceres. On this occasion, we would like to state that both members of the European Parliament and international civil society organisations support the petitions of Bertha Zúniga Cáceres (COPINH) in her quest for justice.

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May 23, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Viet Nam:  Workshop banned, harassment of human rights defenders continues

Vietnamese authorities must stop harassing human rights defenders and allow them to exercise their fundamental right to freedom of expression, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) said today.

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May 22, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Pakistan:  Gunshot attack against Mr. Imran Anjum

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the gunshot attack against human rights defender Mr. Imran Anjum, the founder and Executive Director of Peaceful & Active Center for Humanity (PEACH). Over the past 12 years, Mr. Anjum has advocated for the defence of bonded labourers in the brick-kiln sector of Pakistan, and is presently focusing on the rights of bonded labourers in Punjab.

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May 19, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Kazakhstan:  Physical attack against Mr. Ramazan Yesergepov, chairman of the Journalists in Trouble Public Foundation

Following the physical attack against Mr. Yesergepov, members of a special commission of the Ministry of Internal Affairs would have visited him at the hospital. The Observatory is however concerned by the fact that the investigators seem to be trying to link this assault to a conflict with another passenger at the Almaty railway station, which has been denied by Mr. Yesergepov and a family member who was at the station with him before he boarded the train.

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May 19, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Chad:  Arrestation et détention au secret de Maoundoe Declador, du collectif citoyen « Ça doit changer »

May 19, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

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OMCT E-Bulletin – May 2017

This E-Bulletin is part of OMCT’s “Convention Against Torture Programme”. OMCT mobilizes and coordinates activities of civil society organizations during the sessions of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT). It facilitates the engagement of civil society by building coalitions, sharing information, ensuring timely and effective report submissions, advising on advocacy opportunities and supporting effective access to the CAT. Find out more on our work on our website. 

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May 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Azerbaijan: Time for Justice for Ilgar Mammadov - The Council of Europe’s Legitimacy at Stake over Azerbaijan’s Persistent Non-compliance with European Court Judgment

Today three years have passed since the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered its judgment on the case of political prisoner Ilgar Mammadov, concluding that the Azerbaijani authorities had detained him to punish him for his criticism of the government. In spite of this ruling, and repeated calls for his release by Council of Europe bodies in follow-up to the ruling, the Azerbaijani authorities have persistently refused to execute the decision of the Court and free Ilgar Mammadov. In view of this, we, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform and the Sports for Rights Coalition call on the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to refer the case back to the ECtHR on the grounds of non-execution of the judgment. This is crucial to ensure justice for this wrongly imprisoned government critic, who has already spent more than four years behind bars, as well as to safeguard the legitimacy of the Council of Europe as the guardian of human rights and the rule of law in the region.

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May 22, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Venezuela: La OMCT condena el uso excesivo de la fuerza, las detenciones arbitrarias y la aplicación de la jurisdicción militar a manifestantes

May 19, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Mauritania: Expulsion of Miss Foray and Miss Gosse for researching on slavery and racism

May 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania

Mexico: Llamado a la pronta publicación e implementación de la Ley General para Prevenir, Investigar y Sancionar la Tortura y Otros Malos Tratos

May 4, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Mexico: NGOs urge Senate to approve Law against Torture this week

April 25, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Joint Letter to Ms. Mogherini and Mr. Tusk regarding extension of Turkey’s state of emergency in a context of grave human rights violations

EuroMed Rights, European Federation of Journalists, Front Line Defenders, Index on Censorship and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) are deeply concerned by the Turkish government’s decision to extend the state of emergency in Turkey by a further three months. The decision has been approved by the Turkish parliament and published in the Official Gazette. 

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April 20, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Turkey

Azerbaijan: Open Letter: Call for an external, independent, and impartial investigation into allegations of corruption and other violations of PACE's code of conduct in connection with its work on Azerbaijan

April 20, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Bahrain: Time to Address Systematic Torture - Open Letter to the CAT

April 20, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Pakistan: NGO joint alternative report denounces ongoing torture in Pakistan ahead of UN review

Ahead of today’s review by the United Nations torture watchdog today, a new civil-society report denounces that Pakistan must do much more to ensure that children, women and prisoners are free from torture.

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April 18, 2017  |  Statements  |  Pakistan