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Libya:  Release of of Mr. Ramadan Althoweeb and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Essam Safar

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the release of Mr. Ramadan Althoweeb as well as the ongoing arbitrary detention by armed militias of Mr. Essam Safar, two bloggers who have denounced corruption and the presence of armed militia groups in Libya via social media.

 According to the information received, on May 10, 2018, Mr. Ramadan Althoweeb was released from Ain Zara prison under the conditions that he would never criticise the municipality and militias again, and that he would offer an official apology to the municipality on Facebook in response to his previous post.

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May 23, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Libya

Venezuela:  Arbitrary detention and due process violations against human rights defenders Geraldine Chacón and Gregory Hinds

May 23, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Haytham Mohamadein

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary detention of Mr. Haytham Mohamadein, labour lawyer and a member of El-Nadim Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, an Egyptian NGO dedicated to combating torture and providing medical and legal aid in support of victims of human rights' abuses.

According to the information received, on May 18, 2018, just before dawn, members of the police and National Security Agency assailed Mr. Haytham Mohamadein’s home in El Saf in Giza Governorate and arrested him. No warrant was presented to him.

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May 23, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Colombia:  Joint Statement to European authorities about the situation of MRVA and the areas around Hidroituango

The International Office for Human Rights – Action Colombia (OIDHACO) and the signatory organisations to this letter, would like to express their serious concerns to the European Union institutions, EU member States, Switzerland and Norway about the situation faced by the population affected by the Hidroituango development project in Colombia and about the Living Rivers Movement in the Antioquia department (Movimiento Ríos Vivos Antioquia ), which is comprised of 15 associations of victims of the conflict; people affected by large-scale development projects; women and young people from the region where the project is located.

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May 22, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Greece:  Physical attacks and threats against refugee rights defender Ms. Ariel Ricker

OMCT strongly condemns the physical attacks and threats perpetrated against Ms. Ariel Ricker, as well as the solidarity actors protecting and providing assistance to refugees and minority rights defenders, that aim at preventing them from continuing their human right work, as well as the absence of any arrests of the perpetrators of these attacks. OMCT expresses its deep concern for the overall situation of minority rights defenders in Greece, and urges the Greek authorities to conduct an immediate, thorough, impartial and transparent investigation into the above-mentioned incidents in order to identify all those responsible, bring them before an independent tribunal, and sanction them as provided by the law.

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May 22, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

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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

Mexico: El caso Alvarado es el primero en que la Corte Interamericana se pronunciará sobre la Ley de Seguridad Interior de México

April 26, 2018  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Alternative report on Sénégal from Recontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO) with the technical support of the OMCT

April 16, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

Spain: Declaración Pública: La campaña de descrédito contra una rigurosa investigación sobre la tortura refleja una falta de voluntad para garantizar la no repetición de los hechos

March 29, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Spain

Tajikistan: Joint Submission to the Committee against Torture on the Review of Tajikistan, 63rd Session, April/May 2018

March 27, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Tajikistan

Poland: Polish Parliament Must Protect Women’s Health and Rights

Poland’s Parliament should listen to the voices of women across Poland and reject a regressive legislative proposal that would erode reproductive rights, over 200 human and women’s rights groups from across the globe said in a statement issued today.

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March 22, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Poland

Mexico: Consejo de Derechos Humanos 37º periodo de sesiones: Intervención oral de la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) con la Coalición Colombiana Contra la Tortura (CCCT)

March 22, 2018  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Mexico: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights holds important hearing on implications of Mexico’s new Internal Security Law

The International Observatory on Human Rights in Mexico remains deeply concerned about the new Internal Security Law and the Mexican Government’s refusal to accept the Law’s implications. The International Observatory urges the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to utilize all mechanisms at its disposal to prevent the militarization of public security in Mexico. In particular, the Observatory encourages the IACHR to lend its expertise to the Mexican Supreme Court as it reviews the proposed Law, and that it seek an advisory opinion from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the matter, as well.

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March 22, 2018  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Burundi: Déclaration orale de la FIACAT, Centre CCPR, OMCT et Trial International 37ème session du Conseil des droits de l’homme – Dialogue groupé avec la Commission d’enquête sur le Burundi et le compte-rendu oral du Haut-Commissaire

March 22, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Burundi