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Turkey:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Mr. Erol Önderoglu and Mr. Ahmet Nesin

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), Mr. Erol Önderoğlu, Turkey Representative of Reporters Without Borders (RWB), and Mr. Ahmet Nesin, journalist.

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March 24, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey
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Belarus:  Conviction of two members of Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Head of the Human Rights Center “Legal Assistance to the Population”

The Observatory expresses its deepest concerns as the conviction of the three human rights defenders appear to be linked to their human rights activities opposing Presidential Decree No. 3 “On the prevention of dependency on social aid” which in violation of international human rights law sanctions unemployment by imposing a penalty ranging from a fee to imprisonment on Belarusian citizens who have worked less than a certain number of days.

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March 24, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus
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Turkey:  Provisional release of Mr. Raci Bilici, IHD Vice-President

According to the information received, on March 21, 2017, Mr. Raci Bilici was interrogated by the Public Prosecutor in the morning, before being heard by the Criminal Peace Judge on Duty in Diyarbakır in the afternoon. The court decided to release Mr. Raci Bilici on condition of judicial control. As a consequence, Mr. Raci Bilici is subjected to a travel ban and must check once a week at Diyarbakır’s police station.

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March 24, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey
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Egypt:  State Council's report declared illegal the administrative closure order against El Nadeem Clinic

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about recent developments on the administrative closure of El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation for Victims of Violence and Torture (“El Nadeem Center”)[1],based in Cairo.

According to the information received, on March 18, 2017, the State Council issued a report declaring illegal the February 17, 2016 administrative closure order against El Nadeem Clinic, following a complaint filed on February 20, 2016 by El Nadeem staff before the Administrative Court (see background information). The State Council commissioners argued that that El Nadeem had never been informed of any breaches to the license conditions, nor were they given a time to redress such alleged breaches.

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March 23, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Belarus:  Open Letter to the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka RE: Wave of detentions and Harassment

Most of the detentions and harassment are linked to participation in peaceful protests demanding the cancellation of Presidential Decree No. 3, the so-called “social parasite” legislation, which imposes a tax on unemployed people in Belarus. Decree No. 3 obligates citizens to work a specific number of days or pay a special duty to the State under threat of arrest. This is contrary to Art. 41 of the Belarusian Constitution and violates international human rights law.

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March 23, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus
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Switzerland: Authorities should not turn a blind eye to torture evidence on Basque case

Switzerland’s decision yesterday to send back home a Spanish citizen sentenced to jail in spite of evident signs her confession was obtained under torture falls short of basic due process and fair trial standards of Swiss extradition rules.

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March 24, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Switzerland
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Mexico: Pronunciamiento abierto de organizaciones internacionales de derechos humanos en contra de la adopción de una Ley de Seguridad Interior en México

March 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico
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HRC 34 - Joint statement of OMCT and the Colombian Coalition Against Torture (CCCT)

March 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia, Honduras
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Brasil is denounced at the IACHR for violence and overcrowding in the socio-educative system.

March 22, 2017  |  Statements
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Syrian Arab Republic: Silent War, sur le viol des femmes syriennes, primé par l’OMCT au FIFDH 2017

March 20, 2017  |   Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Togo: Déclaration conjoint de l’OMCT et CACIT sur l’adoption des recommandations finales de l’Examen Périodique Universel au Togo, 34ème Conseil des droits de l’Homme, 16 mars 2017

March 16, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Togo

Venezuela: Declaración conjunta de la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) y COFAVIC en el marco del EPU Venezuela

We are very concerned about the rising militarization and state of exception in the name of #Venezuela's security, which are leading to a pattern of serious human rights violations.

That is in substance what our own Human Rights Adviser Helena Solà said this morning in a joint oral statement on Venezuela's situation before the UN Human Rights Council, expressing concern for arbitrary dententions, extrajudicial killings and cruel treatment in the country.

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March 16, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Venezuela

Mexico: Llamado a la adopción pronta de una Ley General Contra la Tortura que cumpla con los estándares internacionales

March 9, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Burundi: Joint Letter to the UN Security Council Members

We, the undersigned international and Burundian nongovernmental organizations, write to urge the UN Security Council to impose targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for ongoing serious human rights violations in Burundi. Such measures, including travel bans and asset freezes, would send an important message to Burundian leaders who have faced little consequence for continuing to perpetrate gross abuses against their own people.

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March 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Statement to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment

March 2, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh, Mexico, Turkey