Let’s stand together against torture: Join #HumansAgainstTorture

Torture can hit anyone, anywhere – women, men and children. It causes pain that will never go away. Governments have the means to stop torture but fail to use them. The onus therefore is on each and everyone of us to demand that torture stops. [Read more …]

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Philippines:  Threats and acts of intimidation against Ms. Cristina "Tinay" Palabay, Secretary General of Karapatan

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about threats and acts of intimidation against Ms. Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General of the human rights NGO “Karapatan”.

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August 17, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Thailand:  Sentence against student and pro-democracy activist Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (aka Pai)

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentence against student and pro-democracy activist Mr. Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (aka Pai), a member of the Dao Din group and the New Democracy Movement (NDM). On August 15, 2017, following a closed-door hearing, the Khon Kaen Provincial Court sentenced Mr. Jatuphat to five years in prison under Article 112 of the Criminal Code (lèse-majesté).

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August 17, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Kenya:  Press Release: Authorities should re-register leading human rights NGOs harassed for election monitoring work

Paris-Geneva, August 16, 2017 – One week after the elections, Kenya’s NGO Coordination Board de-registers the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and instructs authorities to restrain their work. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership), denounces this as a retaliation against the involvement of both organisations in monitoring the elections.


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August 16, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Cambodia:  Joint Statement: On the 1st anniversary of the arbitrary detention of land rights defender Tep Vanny, CSOs call for her release #FreeTepVanny

Phnom Penh, 14 August 2017 — Tep Vanny, one of Cambodia’s most prominent land activists and human rights defenders, will have spent one year in prison on 15 August for defending her community and exercising her human rights. We, the undersigned, condemn her arbitrary imprisonment. We call for her convictions to be overturned, for all ongoing politically motivated and unsubstantiated charges against her to be dropped, and for her immediate release from prison.

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August 15, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Turkey:  Seven human rights defenders remain arbitrarily detained and the two others released keep being judicially harassed

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Nalan Erkem, lawyer with the Citizens’ Assembly and Ms. İlknur Üstün, member of the Women’s Coalition, Mr. Veli Acu, member of the Human Rights Agenda Association, Ms. Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, Ms. Özlem Dalkıran, member of the Citizens’ Assembly, Mr. Günal Kurşun, former Chairperson and lawyer with the Human Rights Agenda Association, Mr. Ali Gharawi and Mr. Peter Steudtner, security consultants as well as of the ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Nejat Taştan, member of the Association for Monitoring Equal Rights and Mr. Şeyhmus Özbekli, trainee lawyer and member of the Rights Initiative.

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August 12, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

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Internship announcement: Project Development and Institutional Giving (fundraising)

August 17, 2017  |  Links

Chile: Amicus Curiae to the Constitutional Court regarding the absolute prohibition of abortion

Our amicus curiae addresses the connection between torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment (CIDT) and the prohibition of abortion based on international human rights law. International human rights instruments and authoritative interpretations thereof by United Nations (UN) expert bodies and regional courts recognize that women and girls have a right to decide independently about reproduction including abortion. Where access to safe and legal abortion is restricted a number of human rights may be at risk first and foremost the right to privacy, liberty and the right to health. A blanket ban not allowing for abortion in case of rape or incest, when the woman’s life or health are at risk, or the fetus is unviable, may give rise to situations that constitute torture or CIDT. We submit that international human rights standards, in particular the absolute prohibition of torture and CIDT, should inform the interpretation of Chile’s abortion regulation.  

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August 10, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Chile

Congo, Democratic Republic: Release immediately Mr. Eugène DIOMI NDONGALA

July 12, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Azerbaijan: French President Macron urged to help ensure the release of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

Thirty-three human rights NGOs have sent an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, urging him to help ensure the release of political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

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July 12, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Colombia: La falta de reparación integral a las víctimas: serio obstáculo para la erradicación de la tortura en Colombia

Ginebra-Bogotá, 11 de julio de 2017. La Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) y la Coalición Colombiana contra la Tortura (CCCT) concluyen la misión de evaluación sobre el cumplimiento de los compromisos internacionales contraídos por parte de Colombia para erradicar la tortura y otros malos tratos.

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July 11, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Pakistan: Alternative Report to the Human Rights Committee

The following submission has been prepared by the Justice Project Pakistan(JPP), World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), and Reprieve for submission to the 120th session of the Human Rights Committee (HRC). The report comments on the Government of Pakistan’s Initial Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) particularly with regards to its failure to fulfill its obligations with respect to its application of the death penalty and police torture. The report supplements the information contained in the submission made by the parties to the HRC for the List of Issues (LOIs) and is meant to be read in conjunction thereof.

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July 7, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Pakistan

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - Why stand up to violence against women?

June 26, 2017  |  Events

Burundi: Le viol comme Outil de Répression au Burundi.

June 12, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Burundi

Israel: Projections de GHOST HUNTING avec Raed Andoni en Suisse romande dès la semaine prochaine

June 6, 2017  |  Events  |  Israel

OMCT E-Bulletin of the 60th CAT Session in Arabic

June 1, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Lebanon, Pakistan