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Mexico:  Parlamentarios europeos dan la voz de alarma sobre situación de personas defensoras de derechos humanos en Guerrero

January 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico
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Saudi Arabia:  Condemned to silence: the situation of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia

January 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia:  Condemned to silence: the situation of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia


The report being released today by the Observatory is a far cry from the media frenzy that was caused by the announcement of symbolic reforms, such as that set out in the September 2017 Royal Decree (at last) giving Saudi women permission to drive. This report casts a harsh light on the scandalous situation of Saudi women human rights defenders who still have to cope with major restrictions to their rights. As women, they are subjected to a patriarchal regime that is steeped in gender inequality, and they must cope with a context that severely represses all voices of dissent. Women who report domestic violence or stand up as activists are confronted with unrelenting repression. Since they are not allowed to form movements or associations, they take refuge in social networks.

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January 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia
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Guatemala:  Asesinato del defensor de los derechos del Pueblo Xinka Ronal David Barillas Díaz

January 15, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Chile:  Comunicado de prensa: ¡La anulación del juicio no implica culpabilidad de Defensora Machi Lincoano y comuneros mapuches!

January 12, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile
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Internship announcement: OMCT Convention Against Torture Programme

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the largest international coalition of nongovernmental organisations fighting against torture, summary executions, forced disappearances and all other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, is currently seeking to recruit an INTERN for its Committee against Torture related activities.


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January 17, 2018  |  Links
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Annual Human Rights Report 2017

Our partner and member organization Odikar has released this annual human rights report of 2017, in accordance with international standards by analyzing incidents of human rights abuses, despite the persecution and continuous harassment and threats to its existence.

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January 15, 2018  |  Reports and Publications
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e-bulletin

The Arabic version of the e-bulletin on the 62nd session of the Committee against Torture, which took place from 6 November to 6 December 2017, is out. During this session, the Committee considered the State reports submitted by Moldova, Cameroon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Mauritius, Bulgaria, Timor-Leste and Rwanda. 

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January 12, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

Mexico: In response to Internal Security Law, international organizations form new coalition to draw global attention to rampant impunity in Mexico

The Mexican legislature’s approval last week of the Internal Security Law marks a turning point for a country already reeling from unprecedented levels of violence and widespread human rights violations. In response, a coalition of ten international organizations committed to human rights and the rule of law are calling on President Enrique Peña Nieto to veto the bill and announcing the formation of an International Observatory on Mexico, whose mandate will be to observe and document the country’s deteriorating human rights situation.


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December 19, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Joint statement by European NGOs: No EU trade agreement with Mexico without ex-ante sustainability impact assessment!

If the EU Commission were to maintain its negotiation time schedule, it would generally be impossible for the results of the consultations and the SIA as a whole to influence the negotiations in terms of human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In the absence of prior assessment of human rights risks, the Commission thus lacks the necessary empirical basis to meet the requirements of Articles 3 and 21 of the Treaty of Lisbon, according to which the EU must respect and promote human rights also in its external trade relations.

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December 18, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Mexico

Lao People's Democ. Rep.: 9 NGOs call for the repeal of Decree on Associations No. 238 of 2017

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia), ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), The Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR-Centre) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) express deep alarm about the issuing and coming into force of the Decree on Associations (No. 238 of 2017) (‘the Decree’) in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). 

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December 13, 2017  |  Statements  |  Lao People's Democ. Rep.

​Statement following the Danish Chairmanship’s High-Level Expert Conference in Kokkedal, Denmark

December 11, 2017  |  Statements

Honduras: La OMCT y la PI condenan el empleo de fuerza y armas de fuego contra la población civil, las detenciones arbitrarias y la privación de libertad en instalaciones militares

December 5, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Honduras

Mexico: Mexican Congress Should Reject Law that Would Normalize Role of Armed Forces in Public Security Tasks

In recent days, the Mexican Congress has rushed discussions about the Law on Internal Security (Ley de Seguridad Interior, LSI) that would normalize the participation of Mexico’s armed forces in public security tasks. In the media and in public spaces, legislators from various political parties have insisted on the law’s approval. Despite documented concerns from civil society organizations, and against the opinion of human rights and security experts, Mexico’s Congress plans to debate the law on Thursday, November 30.

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November 30, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Egypt: Joint open letter to the UN High-Commissioner on Human Rights on Egypt: Call for action to condemn the Egyptian authorities’ crackdown on freedom of expression

Given the extreme gravity of these human rights abuses, we urge you to publicly and strongly condemn these violations of the rights to freedom of opinion, expression, association and peaceful assembly, as well as the attacks on the liberty and integrity of Egyptian citizens. We kindly request that you call upon the authorities to put an end to these violations and establish the necessary prevention and accountability mechanisms to avoid their repetition. 

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November 24, 2017  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights  |  Statements  |  Egypt