Congo Lucha wins the 2019 OMCT Prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

Congo Lucha,
a documentary on a youth group promoting democracy and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo directed by Marlène Rabaud, received the 2019 OMCT prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH).
In the words of Gerald Staberock, OMCT Secretary General, “Marlène Rabaud shows that hope is alive, even in the DRC, even in the Kivus – and that things can change.” [Read more...]

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Human Rights Organizations urge the UN Human Rights Council to hold Saudi Arabia accountable

The OMCT is among 40 civil society organisations that sent a letter to 48 ministries of Foreign Affairs from all regional groups at the UN, urging them to establish a mechanism to report on the human rights violations in the country and urge the Saudi government to immediately and unconditionallyrelease all those arbitrarily detained, abolish the male guardianship system, and establish an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty.“No State is above scrutiny for its human rights record,” said the organisations.

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June 26, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders, Violence against women  |  Reports and Publications

India:  Government should withdraw criminal charges against NGO ‘Lawyers Collective’ and its representatives

June 26, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Colombia:  Intento de entrar a la fuerza en las oficinas de MOVICE en Bogotá

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June 26, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Deterioro de las condiciones de salud y continuación de la criminalización del Sr. Teófilo García López

June 25, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Honduras:  Más de 100 organizaciones nacionales e internacionales condenamos la criminalización de nueve indígenas tolupanes en San Francisco Locomapa

June 25, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

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June 26, 2019  |  Links

Lawyers across Asia call for end to impunity for cases of torture

Statement by SOS-Torture Asia Litigators Group on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Manila and Geneva, 26 June 2019 - As the world observes the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the SOS-Torture Asia Litigators Group strongly calls for an end to torture impunity on the continent and around the world

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June 25, 2019  |  Reports and Publications

Brazil: weakening key anti-torture body is first step in dismantling rule of law

In a statement issued today, Justiça Global, GAJOP and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) said that the decision by the Brazilian Government to cripple its key national anti-torture body will have devastating effects on the situation of people deprieved of liberty.

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June 12, 2019  |  Statements

Eritrea: The UN should ensure continued scrutiny of the human rights situation

In a joint letter released today, Eritrean, African & international NGOs - including OMCT -  call on the UN Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution ensuring continued scrutiny of the human rights situation in Eritrea. The Council should take this step at its upcoming 41st session (HRC41, 24 June-12 July 2019).

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June 11, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Eritrea

New Briefing Report: Protecting Women from Violence through the UN Convention against Torture (CAT)

How can the prevention and protection framework provided by the CAT be better applied when it comes to women and girls? This report draws on a meeting of experts, including representatives of international organisations and civil society, academics and lawyers

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June 7, 2019  |  Reports and Publications

Cameroon : civil society organizations raise the alarm over deteriorating human rights situation

Nine organizations, including OMCT, sent an appeal to the UN Security Council asking its members to end their silence and inaction over the crisis in the Anglophone regions, which has driven more than 560,000 Cameroonians from their homes.

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June 6, 2019  |  Reports and Publications

Turkey : OMCT conveys deep concern to authorities regarding recent allegations of torture in two different incidents

The allegations relate to the arrest and subsequent torture and ill-treatment of dozens of people in Turkey’s south-east, and to a separate incident in Ankara, where the alleged victims were dozens of dismissed diplomats. 

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June 6, 2019  |  Reports and Publications

Mexico: The Latin America Litigators' Group expresses concern about the persistence of torture and threats against those who speak out in Chihuahua (Mexico)

5 de junio de 2019. El Grupo de Litigantes Contra la Tortura de América Latina (GL) manifiesta su preocupación por las amenazas a dos defensoras de derechos humanos del Centro de Derechos Humanos Paso del Norte A.C.[1], organización integrante del GL, que presenciaron la tortura contra un detenido en la Fiscalía General de Justicia de Chihuahua.

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June 5, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Cambodia: CSOs express serious concern and call for a stop to the ongoing judicial harassment of former Cambodia National Rescue Party members

We, the undersigned civil society groups, express serious concern regarding the recent and ongoing judicial harassment of former Cambodia National Rescue Party (“CNRP”) elected officials and members through baseless arrests, summonses, and detentions across multiple provinces. We urge the Royal Government of Cambodia to immediately cease the harassment of members of the political opposition and instead take concrete measures to restore civic space and enable all individuals to exercise their rights to free expression, association, assembly and political participation.

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June 1, 2019  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Bahrain: OMCT joins call to commute the death sentences of Ali Al-Arab and Ahmed Al-Malali

Civil society organizations call for the death sentences of these two men to be commuted. Our organisations reject the death penalty in all cases. Additionally, according to the information available, both have confessed under torture and their right to a fair trial was violated.

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May 31, 2019  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bahrain