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Singapore:  Judicial harassment against Mr. Jolovan Wham and eight other peaceful demonstrators

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment against Mr. Jolovan Wham, social worker, human rights advocate, and former Executive Director of the NGO Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), and eight other activists for the exercise of their right to peaceful assembly.

 

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December 8, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore
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Mexico:  6 años de desaparición forzada de Eva Alarcón y Marcial Bautista, 6 años de inacción de las autoridades mexicanas

December 7, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico
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Honduras:  En el actual contexto electoral, organizaciones internacionales se manifiestan en contra de la violencia contra defensoras y defensora de derechos humanos en Honduras

December 6, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras
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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Condamnation de MM. Mbuya, Tsihibitshabu, Mbuya Kwecha et Mulenda, et libération de M. Omari Omba

December 5, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic
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Zimbabwe:  Acquittal of Pastor Evan Mawarire

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the acquittal of Pastor Evan Mawarire. According to the information received, on November 29, 2017, Harare High Court dropped all pending charges of “subverting a constitutional government” against Pastor Mawarire. Charges were levelled against him in February 2017, for leading demonstrations and demanding an end to corruption and the economic crisis.

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December 5, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe
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Honduras: La OMCT y la PI condenan el empleo de fuerza y armas de fuego contra la población civil, las detenciones arbitrarias y la privación de libertad en instalaciones militares

December 5, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Honduras

Mexico: Mexican Congress Should Reject Law that Would Normalize Role of Armed Forces in Public Security Tasks

In recent days, the Mexican Congress has rushed discussions about the Law on Internal Security (Ley de Seguridad Interior, LSI) that would normalize the participation of Mexico’s armed forces in public security tasks. In the media and in public spaces, legislators from various political parties have insisted on the law’s approval. Despite documented concerns from civil society organizations, and against the opinion of human rights and security experts, Mexico’s Congress plans to debate the law on Thursday, November 30.

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November 30, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Egypt: Joint open letter to the UN High-Commissioner on Human Rights on Egypt: Call for action to condemn the Egyptian authorities’ crackdown on freedom of expression

Given the extreme gravity of these human rights abuses, we urge you to publicly and strongly condemn these violations of the rights to freedom of opinion, expression, association and peaceful assembly, as well as the attacks on the liberty and integrity of Egyptian citizens. We kindly request that you call upon the authorities to put an end to these violations and establish the necessary prevention and accountability mechanisms to avoid their repetition. 

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November 24, 2017  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights  |  Statements  |  Egypt

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