World Organisation Against Torture

Created in 1985, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of international non-governmental organisations (NGO) fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. With 311 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network and many tens of thousands correspondents in every country, OMCT is the most important network of non-governmental organisations working for the protection and the promotion of human rights in the world. [Read more …]

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"Sous Le Jasmin" exhibition - Montreal


The exhibition ​"Sous Le Jasmin"by the photographer Augustin Le Gall will be presented in Montreal from 1st October to 8 November 2014.

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September 18, 2014  |  Events  |  Canada, Tunisia
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La recrudescence des disparitions forcées en Irak, Syrie, Libye

September 16, 2014  |  Events  |  Iraq, Libya, Syrian Arab Republic
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Azerbaijan:  Acts of violence in prison against Ms. Leyla Yunus

According to the information received, on September 6, 2014, Leyla Yunus was attacked by her cellmate who verbally harassed her and threw plates and dishes at her. Leyla Yunus started knocking at the door in order to call for help and when the staff from the prison arrived she reported the attack and asked to see the prison administration. Leyla Yunus was informed that she would only be able to meet the prison administration on September 8. After the renewed insults, Ms. Yunus continued knocking at the door, and some 25 minutes later, three prison officers came to blame her for making noises.

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September 12, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Colombia:  OMCT: Concerns regarding new threats against Jahel Quiroga and more than 80 other human rights defenders on "National Human Rights Day"

September 10, 2014  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Colombia:  Death threats against 88 human rights defenders in Colombia including Mrs. Jahel Quiroga

September 10, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Tunisia:  Violence and verbal and physical attacks against Mme Lina Ben Mhenni for her activities promoting human rights

September 5, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Tunisia

Colombia:  OMCT completed a mission in Colombia, nine months before the review of the country by the UN Committee against Torture

September 3, 2014  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Global Consultation on the Right to Challenge the Lawfulness of Detention before Court

The World Organization Against Torture has participated today at the United Nations Global Consultation on the Right to Challenge the Lawfulness of Detention before Court. On this occasion the OMCT welcomed the initiative of establishing principles and guidelines on remedies and procedures of the right of anyone deprived of liberty to bring proceedings before court. During discussions the OMCT emphasized the importance of the absolute nature of the right to challenge the lawfulness of detention and the need for special safeguards related to children.

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September 1, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Rights of the Child  |  Statements
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Bahrain: ​Joint global civil society letter: Release Maryam Al-Khawaja and end clampdown on civil society in Bahrain

We, the undersigned 155 civil society organisations based in over 60 countries write to you united in our condemnation of the politically motivated arrest of human rights defender and co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Maryam Al-Khawaja at Manama airport on 30 August 2014. We urge that Maryam is immediately and unconditionally released.

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September 18, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Bahrain
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Egypt: Continued arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Yara Sallam, Ms. Sana Seif and 22 protesters

According to the information received, on September 13, 2014, the trial against Ms. Yara Sallam and Ms. Sana Seif, together with 21 other individuals who had allegedly peacefully protested for the repeal of Law No.107 for 2013 on demonstrations and public rallies, was postponed to October 11, by a Heliopolis Misdemeanour court. The hearing was held in the deliberation chambers. Two videos were shown, based on the request of the defendants' lawyers. The judge tried to identify  defendants in the videos shown, however none of the defendants appeared in the videos. In addition, no weapon appeared on the video. The prosecution also submitted a report on a video that was not shown during the hearing. The defendants' lawyers requested that this video be shown accompanied by an expert report.

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September 18, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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"Sous Le Jasmin" exhibition - Montreal


The exhibition ​"Sous Le Jasmin"by the photographer Augustin Le Gall will be presented in Montreal from 1st October to 8 November 2014.

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September 18, 2014  |  Events  |  Canada, Tunisia
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Egypt: Release on bail of Mr. Alaa Abdel Fatah and Mr. Ahmed Abdel Rahman

According to the information received, on September 15, 2014, Messrs. Alaa Abdel Fatah and Ahmed Abdel Rahman, who are facing retrial on a 15-year prison sentence for violating a protest law (see Background information), were released on a 5,000 EGP (540 EUR) bail along with another defendant. They were released on the same day.

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September 16, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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La recrudescence des disparitions forcées en Irak, Syrie, Libye

September 16, 2014  |  Events  |  Iraq, Libya, Syrian Arab Republic
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Azerbaijan: The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) is alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison

On 6 September, Leyla Yunus was attacked by her cellmate. She was verbally harassed and plates and cups thrown at her. She banged on the door for help and asked to be taken out of the cell to see the doctor. She was told that she could see the prison administrator the following Monday.

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September 12, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan
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Azerbaijan: Acts of violence in prison against Ms. Leyla Yunus

According to the information received, on September 6, 2014, Leyla Yunus was attacked by her cellmate who verbally harassed her and threw plates and dishes at her. Leyla Yunus started knocking at the door in order to call for help and when the staff from the prison arrived she reported the attack and asked to see the prison administration. Leyla Yunus was informed that she would only be able to meet the prison administration on September 8. After the renewed insults, Ms. Yunus continued knocking at the door, and some 25 minutes later, three prison officers came to blame her for making noises.

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September 12, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Congo, Democratic Republic: Judicial harassment and risk of detention regarding lawyer Mr. Peter Ngomo Milambo

September 11, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic