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China:  Closed-door trial and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Huang Qi

The Observatory has been informed by the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD) about the closed-door trial and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Huang Qi, founder and Director of the “64 Tianwang Human Rights Center”, which documents and publishes reports on human rights violations - including enforced disappearances and trafficking, and complaints against government officials.

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January 16, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China
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India:  Judicial harassment against Messrs. Hiren Gohain, Akhil Gogoi and Manjit Mahanta

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment against Messrs. Hiren Gohain, Akhil Gogoi and Manjit Mahanta, in relation to their participation in a peaceful protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Guwahati, Assam State, to oppose the discriminatory character of the proposed legislation.

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January 15, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India
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Russian Federation:  Imminent disbarment of Mr. Emil Kurbedinov

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the imminent disbarment of Mr. Emil Kurbedinov, a human rights lawyer who openly denounces human rights violations in Crimea and Winner of the 2017 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk.

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January 15, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation
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Togo:  Harcèlement judiciaire et poursuite de la détention arbitraire de MM. Folly Satchivi et Johnson Assiba

January 15, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo
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Nicaragua:  Solicitud al Tribunal para acoger y evaluar imparcialmente el Recurso de Amparo interpuesto por el CENIDH

January 14, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua
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E-Boletín de la OMCT - 65a periodo de sesiones del Comité contra la Torture

January 10, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

E-Bulletin in Arabic of the OMCT - 65th Session of the Committee against Torture

January 10, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

E-Bulletin OMCT - 65e session du Comité contre la torture

January 10, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Civil Society Follow-up Report to the Concluding Observations of the Committee against Torture on Afghanistan's Second Periodic Report

January 8, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Summary Report TB-NET & Amnesty International Event on Treaty Body Elections

December 20, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

​OMCT E-Bulletin 65th CAT session

December 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

New initiative to multiply litigation victories against torture and impunity

“As long as there is impunity, there will be torture.” The OMCT Secretary General Gerald Staberock, speaking on the occasion of the launch of three SOS-Torture Regional Litigators’ Groupsin Africa, Asia and Latin America, expressed the frustration of anti-torture organisations around the world. “Despite Conventions and ratifications and even new national laws, all too often violators are simply not brought to justice in their own countries, victims of torture and other abuses are left without a remedy, and as a result the rest of society remains as vulnerable as ever – this cannot, must not be allowed to continue.” 


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December 18, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Human Rights Day: A call to action - No implementation of human rights in the Universal Human Rights Declaration without human rights defenders

December 10, 2018  |  Statements

Honduras: Convocatoria abierta para apoyar a organizaciones en acciones dirigidas a implementación de las recomendaciones CAT

December 7, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Honduras

Consultancy: Baseline studies on CAT implementation – 15 countries

December 7, 2018  |  Links