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China:  Sentencing of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong to two years’ imprisonment

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, a leader of the China Human Rights Lawyers Group and an outspoken supporter of detained rights lawyers from the ‘709 crackdown’. Mr. Jiang’s conviction took place exactly one year after he was kidnapped from a train station by Chinese police. He was forcibly disappeared, denied access to a lawyer, and likely tortured.

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November 22, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China
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Bahrain:  Call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab, as prison sentence is upheld

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT partnership, strongly condemns the prison sentence against prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and calls for his immediate release. Nabeel Rajab is spending his 527th day in arbitrary detention and will have to serve a two-year prison sentence for stating during TV media interviews that Bahrain bars reporters and human rights workers from entry into the country.

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November 22, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Guatemala:  International Statement on the draft NGO Law in Guatemala

November 22, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Bahrain:  15 Rights Groups to US, UK and EU: Support Nabeel Rajab Ahead of the Appeal Judgement Against 2-Year Sentence For Speaking to Press

Fifteen rights groups have today written to 11 states and the European Union calling for action ahead of the conclusion of Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s appeal against his two-year sentence for stating that Bahrain bars reporters and human rights workers from entry into the country.

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November 21, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Egypt:  Death in custody of Mr. Gamal Sorour and judicial harassment of 32 Nubian rights activists

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and death while in custody of Mr. Gamal Sorour, French-Egyptian national, prominent Nubian human rights defender, as well as about the arbitrary arrest, subsequent release and judicial harassment of 32 other activists actively involved in the defence of minority and Nubian rights in the Aswan governorate, including Messrs. Mohamed Azmy, lawyer and President of the General Nubian Union, and Maysara Abdelaziz Mohammad Ali (also known as Maysara Abdoun), Training Coordinator at Border Center for Support & Consulting (BSC), as well as Ms. Seham Othman.

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November 21, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Bangladesh: Enforced Disappearance / Fear for the safety: Dr. Mubashar Hasan

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The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in Bangladesh. 

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November 13, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Italy: Submission to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) concerning Italy

November 8, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Italy

Panel discussion: Can the media help promote human rights and fight torture in Russia and elsewhere?

November 1, 2017  |  Events

India: ​ Indian expert body joins States and civil society in asking torture Convention ratification

India’s highest legal expert body joined many other voices urging the world’s largest democracy to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture without further ado. 

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November 1, 2017  |  Statements  |  India

Burundi: Families of victims and their lawyers keep their trust in international justice

October 30, 2017  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Spain: Response to article in El País - Joint statement by the OMCT and the Coordination Committee of the Civic Solidarity Platform

The OMCT and the Coordination Committee of the CSP wish to clarify the following in reply to an article published in El País.

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October 30, 2017  |  Statements  |  Spain

Burundi: World should unite in demanding justice as Burundi pulls out of ICC without effect on jurisdiction

October 27, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Cambodia: Request to reconvene the Paris Conference on Cambodia, in light of the Cambodian government’s dismantling of democracy

October 23, 2017  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Burundi: Burundi-CPI : Les conséquences juridiques de l’ouverture de l’enquête après le 27 Octobre 2017

October 19, 2017  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Recommendations of the 5th Seminar of Civil Society in the frame of the 7th High Level Human Rights Dialogue between Mexico and the EU

October 18, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU), Mexico