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Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Amal Fathy despite an order to release her on bail

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Amal Fathy despite an order to release her on bail issued with regards to one of the two criminal cases pending against her. Ms. Amal Fathy is a woman human rights defender known for being vocal against human rights violations, in particular the arbitrary detention of activists in Egypt. She is married to Mr. Mohamed Lotfy, Executive Director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) and a former member of the now banned “April 6 Youth Movement”.

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June 22, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Iran:  Incommunicado detention of human rights lawyer Zeinab Taheri

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) about the arbitrary arrest, incommunicado detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Zeinab Taheri, a human rights lawyer.

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June 22, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Saudi Arabia:  Incommunicado detention of Ms. Nouf Abdulaziz and Ms. Mayya Al-Zahrani and ongoing arbitrary detention of other 7 women's rights defenders

The Observatory urges Saudi authorities to immediately disclose Ms. Nouf Abdulaziz, Ms. Mayya Al-Zahrani and Mr. Mohamed al-Bejadi’s whereabouts and to ensure that all detained human rights defenders have unhindered access to their family and lawyers. Furthermore, the Observatory urges Saudi authorities to release the above-mentioned human rights defenders immediately and unconditionally, and to put an end to all acts of harassment against them as well as all human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia.

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June 21, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Egypt:  Release on bail of Ms. Mozn Hassan, woman human rights defender, founder and Executive Director of Nazra for Feminist studies

According to the information received, on June 20, 2018, Ms. Mozn Hassan was released by the Cairo Court in Fifth Settlement District upon payment of a 30’000 EGP (approximately 1’450 EUR) bail and following two days of arbitrary detention. However, she is still facing charges of “establishing an entity in violation of the law”, “conducting activities that do not abide by the purposes of the organization with the intention of harming national security”, “receiving foreign funding with the intention of harming national security” and tax evasion within the framework of case No. 173/2011 also known as the “NGO Foreign Funding case”.

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June 21, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

United Arab Emirates:  Mission report illustrates difficulty of verifying conditions of detention and trial of Ahmed Mansoor, serving 10-year sentence for human rights reporting

The mission report concludes: “Given the widely documented use of torture and solitary confinement by UAE authorities, and the lack of any independent information regarding Mansoor, there are grave and solidly founded fears for his safety. His place of detention remains unknown, although it is believed that he is being held in a prison that belongs to the State Security Apparatus. There is no information on how he is being treated, or whether he is in solitary confinement.”

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June 20, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  United Arab Emirates

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European Union (EU): Joint open letter to the authorities: EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

We are writing to you in advance of the European Council on 28 and 29 June. As you are aware, the EU’s external actions should be based on its values as set out in Article 21 of the Lisbon Treaty and which have led to a number of international commitments on development, humanitarian assistance, peacebuilding, gender equality, rule of law, and human rights and democracy. We hope that you will find time during your upcoming discussions on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) to reflect on these commitments, including the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Agenda for Humanity, the Global Strategy for the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy, and the European Consensus on Development.

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June 22, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU)

Honduras: Misión internacional analiza esta semana la respuesta de las instituciones hondureñas ante prácticas constitutivas de tortura o malos tratos

Desde hoy lunes, 18 de junio, hasta el viernes, 22 de junio de 2018, una delegación compuesta por expertos internacionales visita Honduras para conocer la situación de la tortura en el país y las medidas adoptadas por parte de las instituciones del Estado para erradicarla y garantizar el acceso a la justicia y reparación de las víctimas.   

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June 19, 2018  |  Statements  |  Honduras

Azerbaijan: Civil society call on PACE to appoint a Rapporteur to examine the issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

​​Representatives of 42 international and national non-governmental organizations issue the appeal to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to request the appointment of a Rapporteur to examine the situation of political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

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June 13, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Afghanistan: Open call Afghanistan - ToR organisation of CAT roundtable and follow-up shadow report

June 13, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Afghanistan

Nicaragua: Declaración Pública: La OMCT condena rotundamente y hace un llamado al cese inmediato del uso de fuerza letal contra manifestantes pacíficos

La Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) deplora que en el día de ayer las autoridades nicaragüenses volvieran a incumplir sus obligaciones internacionales haciendo un uso excesivo de la fuerza durante la marcha pacífica en respaldo a las “Madres de Abril”, que dejó más de una decena de muertos y decenas de heridos. 

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May 31, 2018  |  Statements  |  Nicaragua

Open letter to the Mayor of Greater Manchester on Ahmed Mansoor's street naming and release


Dear Mayor Burnham,

The undersigned organisations are writing to you to request your support for the release of the award-winning Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, sentenced this week to ten years in prison for his human rights activism. We believe that this will be facilitated by raising awareness of his case by naming a street after him in Manchester.

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May 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions

OMCT E-Bulletin – April-May 2018

May 31, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

TB-Net Statement on the 30th meeting of Chairpersons of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies

This is a joint statement on behalf of seven organizations including OMCT that form the NGO Network on United nations Treaty Bodies (TB-Net). Their mission is to support and enhance the effectiveness of the UN treaty bodies so that they can better contribute to the realisation of the human rights of all persons. The annual meeting of Chairpersons of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies provides a forum for members of the ten human rights treaty bodies to discuss their work and consider ways to enhance the effectiveness of the treaty body system as a whole. 

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May 29, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Moldova, Republic of: Denial of adequate medical care of Mr. Serghei Cosovan while in detention

The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by reliable sources about the denial of adequate medical care of Mr. Serghei Cosovan, a 46-year-old Moldovan citizen, held in custody pending trial in Prison No.16-Pruncul, Chisinau, Moldova.

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May 18, 2018  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Moldova, Republic of

Exhibition "Sous le Jasmin" in Lausanne from 29 May to 9 June 2018

May 3, 2018  |  Events