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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Egypt:  EU’s Commitment to Human Rights in Egypt Rings Hollow

One year after the military’s deadly onslaught on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which left hundreds dead and thousands injured, accountability remains elusive.

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August 14, 2014  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Azerbaijan:  Open Letter to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers about the increasing repression against civil society and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan

August 8, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Brazil:  Death threats against Mr. Davi Kopenawa, shaman and internationally renowned Spokesman for the Yanomami tribe in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about death threats against Mr. Davi Kopenawa, shaman and internationally renowned Spokesman for the Yanomami tribe in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest and Chairman of the indigenous rights organisation Yanomami Association Hutukara, following his successful campaign against gold miners, who are now facing eviction from Yanomami territory.

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August 6, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Annual Report 2013 of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

July 28, 2014  |  Reports and Publications

Russian Federation:  Five years later, human rights defender Natalia Estemirova’s murderers still at large

On the fifth anniversary of the murder of prominent human rights defender Ms. Natalia Estemirova, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, condemn the intolerable impunity that persists and reiterate their call for a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into her assassination.

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July 14, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Assassination attempt of the wife of a police officer on the run prosecuted in the Chebeya-Bazana case

While any attempt to shed light on the double assassination in 2010 of human rights defenders Floribert Chebeya, Executive Director of the Voice of the Voiceless (VSV) and a member of OMCT General Assembly, and Fidèle Bazana  seems blocked in the DRC, the wife of a police officer who is accused and a witness of the crime survived an attempted abduction and assassination at Lumbumbashi. The Observatory for the Protection of Human rRghts Defenders urges the Congolese justice system to shed led on this attempt at intimidation, that aims to prevent the witnesses from speaking.

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July 14, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

OMCT Newsletter - June 2014 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On this day dedicated to the victims of torture and ill-treatment, OMCT as the leading civil society movement against torture together with members of SOS-Torture Network organised events all around the world to mobilize support to victims of torture, to call on governments to take concrete steps to eradicate torture and to reaffirm that respect for human dignity must be respected under any circumstances.

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July 7, 2014  |   Assistance to victims, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements

26 June 2014: Global anti-torture coalition: Torture victims need to be given their rights with real remedies

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the leading global civil society coalition against torture, calls on States to put their legal obligation under the UN Convention Against Torture into practice.

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June 26, 2014  |   Assistance to victims, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements
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Cameroon: Continued judicial harassment against Mr. Nasako Besingi

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the continued judicial harassment against Mr. Nasako Besingi, Director of the NGO Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE), a local environmental organisation based in Mundemba, Ndian division, Southwest Cameroon.

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August 18, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon
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Azerbaijan: Ongoing arbitrary detention and deterioration of the health condition of Ms. Leyla Yunus

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing arbitrary detention and deterioration of the health condition of Ms. Leyla Yunus, Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) and a member of OMCT General Assembly.

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August 18, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan
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OSCE/ODIHR Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders: Time for a genuine implementation across all the OSCE area and beyond

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders welcomes the launch of the Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on June 10, 2014 under the Swiss Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Bern, and calls for a genuine implementation by all OSCE Participating States.

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August 14, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements
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Egypt: EU’s Commitment to Human Rights in Egypt Rings Hollow

One year after the military’s deadly onslaught on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which left hundreds dead and thousands injured, accountability remains elusive.

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August 14, 2014  |  Statements  |  Egypt
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Rwanda: An unexpected decision in "LIPRODHOR" case

August 13, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Rwanda

Azerbaijan: Open Letter to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers about the increasing repression against civil society and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan

August 8, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Thailand: International Appeal to Thai Pineapple Industry Association to urge Natural Fruit to drop cases against labour rights defender Andy Hall

August 8, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Niger: Call for the protection of human rights defenders who are seeking greater transparency & fairness in dealings between the Niger government & extractive industries

August 8, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger