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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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire et du harcèlement judiciaire de MM. Timothée Mbuya, Jean Pierre Tshibitshabu, Erick Omari Omba, Patrick Mbuya Kwecha et Jean Mulenda

November 16, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Equatorial Guinea:  Open letter to the President: Release Artist and Writer Ramón Esono Ebalé

We write to express our deep concern in response to the unjust arrest and subsequent detention without charge of Ramón Esono Ebalé in Malabo on 16th September 2017, and to urge you to release him immediately. Mr. Ebalé, a renowned cartoonist who has been living abroad since 2011, has now spent 60 days in prison.

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November 15, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and detention of Mr. Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé (aka Jamón y Queso), cartoonist and blogger. Mr. Esono Ebalé published a graphic novel entitled “Obi’s nightmare” in which he depicts President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo spending a day living as an ordinary Guinean citizen and suffering the consequences of the regime he himself has created. The cartoons especially criticise the lack of access to electricity, healthcare, education and the restriction to freedom of expression in the country.

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November 14, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

Cambodia:  CSOs Call for Immediate Release of Mother Nature Activists Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy

We, the undersigned Cambodian and international civil society organizations (CSOs), call for the immediate release of Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy, environmental activists affiliated with the recently deregistered NGO, Mother Nature Cambodia (MNC), who have been wrongfully detained for over two months on spurious charges. We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary nature of their arrest and pre-trial detention, which appears to be an attempt to stifle and punish their legitimate work as environmental human rights defenders.

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November 14, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Israel:  Ongoing smear campaign against Mr. Shawan Jabareen and Ms. Nada Kiswanson

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing smear campaign against Mr. Shawan Jabareen, Al-Haq’s General Director and FIDH Secretary General, and Ms. Nada Kiswanson, a human rights lawyer who represents Al-Haq in Europe and before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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November 10, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

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Bangladesh: Enforced Disappearance / Fear for the safety: Dr. Mubashar Hasan

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The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in Bangladesh. 

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November 13, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Italy: Submission to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) concerning Italy

November 8, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Italy

Panel discussion: Can the media help promote human rights and fight torture in Russia and elsewhere?

November 1, 2017  |  Events

India: ​ Indian expert body joins States and civil society in asking torture Convention ratification

India’s highest legal expert body joined many other voices urging the world’s largest democracy to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture without further ado. 

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November 1, 2017  |  Statements  |  India

Burundi: Families of victims and their lawyers keep their trust in international justice

October 30, 2017  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Spain: Response to article in El País - Joint statement by the OMCT and the Coordination Committee of the Civic Solidarity Platform

The OMCT and the Coordination Committee of the CSP wish to clarify the following in reply to an article published in El País.

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October 30, 2017  |  Statements  |  Spain

Burundi: World should unite in demanding justice as Burundi pulls out of ICC without effect on jurisdiction

October 27, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Cambodia: Request to reconvene the Paris Conference on Cambodia, in light of the Cambodian government’s dismantling of democracy

October 23, 2017  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Burundi: Burundi-CPI : Les conséquences juridiques de l’ouverture de l’enquête après le 27 Octobre 2017

October 19, 2017  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Recommendations of the 5th Seminar of Civil Society in the frame of the 7th High Level Human Rights Dialogue between Mexico and the EU

October 18, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU), Mexico