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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Bangladesh:  Slanderous accusations against the human rights NGO Odhikar

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about slanderous accusations that were published in the pro-government Daily Janakanthanewspaper against the human rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) Odhikar, a member of OMCT SOS-Torture Network and of FIDH, in a further attempt to stop its human rights activities.

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November 13, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Egypt:  WHRD Amal Fathy’s preventive detention extended for another 45 days

On November 12, 2018, a North Cairo criminal court ordered the extension of Ms. Amal Fathy's preventive detention for 45 days in Case No. 621 of 2018 under which she is facing charges of “joining a terrorist group”, “publishing false news to disrupt public security and harm national interests” and “using the internet to call for acts of terrorism. Ms. Amal Fathy is a women’s rights defender known for being vocal against human rights violations and the wife of Mr. Mohamed Lotfy, Executive Director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF).

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November 13, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Honduras:  Rights of victims in the Berta Cáceres murder trial are not respected

Our organisations, involved in the international trial observation mission of the trial for the assassination of human rights defender Berta Cáceres on 3 March 2016, express their deep worries concerning the serious violations of the human rights of the victims and the flaws observed during the trial, which started on 19 October 2018.

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November 9, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Philippines:  Killing of human rights lawyer Mr. Benjamin Ramos

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the killing of human rights lawyer Mr. Benjamin Ramos, a founding member of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) and the Secretary General of its chapter in Negros Occidental Province. He was also a well-known advocate for peasants’ rights and the Executive Director of the Paghidaet sa Kauswagan Development Group (PDG), a non-governmental organisation assisting peasants in Negros.

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November 9, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Mauritania:  Blogger still detained one year after court decision quashing his death sentence

Authorities in Mauritania should promptly and safely release blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaïtir, who remains in detention despite an appeal Court’s decision one year ago tomorrow to commute his death sentence, 32 human rights groups said today.

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November 8, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania

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India: Time to put promises into action. A call for ratification of UN Torture Convention and the adoption of a strong anti-torture law

November 8, 2018  |  Statements

Open Letter to Mr. Marjan Šarec Prime Minister of Slovenia - Halt extradition of Mikhail Mayorov to Russia

November 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions

Bangladesh: Joint letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, on the deteriorating human rights situation in Bangladesh

November 1, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Brazil: Human Rights above all, Human Rights above everyone

October 30, 2018  |  Statements  |  Brazil

Spain: Declaración de la Sociedad Civil para la recuperación de la Jurisdicción Universal en España

October 24, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Spain

Call for Participation - "Torture and Terrorism" Working Group

October 2, 2018  |  Events

The OMCT is launching today a call for participation for its new "Torture & Terrorism" Working Group

October 2, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

Annual Report 2017

October 1, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

India: Excessive use of force / arbitrary detention of peaceful protesters in Manipur

September 28, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Mexico: El avance en la investigación del caso Ayotzinapa requiere cambios estructurales urgentes en México

Ginebra, 26 de septiembre de 2018 – A cuatro años de los eventos que culminaron en la desaparición de 43 estudiantes de la escuela rural “Raúl Isidro Burgos” de Ayotzinapa, el asesinato de seis personas y decenas de víctimas heridas en Iguala (Guerrero), la verdad y la justicia se ven entorpecidas por la falta de avance en la implementación de un modelo de justicia garante de los derechos humanos.

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September 26, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico