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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Cameroon:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire et du harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de M. Michel Biem Tong

December 7, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Russian Federation:  Human rights defender Emil Kurbedinov arrested today on extremism charges

Today, officials of the Center for Extremism Prevention arrested Crimean human rights defender and winner of the2017 Front Line Defenders Award for symbolic speech Mr. Emil Kurbedinov. The defender, arrested for making a post on Facebook, is charged with propaganda of symbols of extremist organizations and faces a fine of up to two thousand rubles or administrative arrest for up to 15 days.

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December 6, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Egypt:  Conditional release of Mr. Wael Abbas, journalist and blogger

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the conditional release of Mr. Wael Abbas, a journalist and author of the “Misrdigital” blog since 2006, in which he documents cases of corruption, harassment of women, police brutality and discusses Egyptian society.

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December 4, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Thailand:  Drop Defamation Complaints Against Rights Defenders

We, the 16 undersigned organizations, call on the Thai authorities and Thammakaset Company Limited to ensure that the criminal and civil defamation complaints brought by the company against human rights defenders Nan Win and Sutharee Wannasiri for bringing attention to labor rights violations at a Thammakaset-owned chicken farm in Thailand do not proceed. The Bangkok Criminal Court is scheduled to hold preliminary hearings on the criminal defamation complaints on December 3.

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December 1, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Nicaragua:  Campaña de ataques contra mujeres defensoras y organizaciones feministas

November 30, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

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Honduras: Convocatoria abierta para apoyar a organizaciones en acciones dirigidas a implementación de las recomendaciones CAT

December 7, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Honduras

Consultancy: Baseline studies on CAT implementation – 15 countries

December 7, 2018  |  Links

December 6, 2018  |  Events  |  Switzerland, Tunisia

European Union (EU): Open Letter from NGOs in support of a targeted, global EU human rights sanctions regime

The OMCT, in partnership with 89 human rights and anti-corruption organizations from around the world, today called on the European Union (EU) to establish a targeted, global sanctions program to hold individuals and entities accountable for serious human rights violations. The call came in a joint letter to EU member states’ ministers of foreign affairs in advance of the December 10 meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council, where the issue is to be discussed. December 10 also marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nation’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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December 6, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU)

Joint Statement: NGOs express their concern for the lives of death row prisoners after actions taken at risk of imminent execution by Saudi government

November 27, 2018  |  Statements

Peru: Comunicado conjunto: La CNDDHH y la OMCT reclaman el final de los Estados de Emergencia en el corredor minero

November 27, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Peru

Spain: Open Letter: End the arbitrary pre-trial detention of social leader Mr. Jordi Cuixart

The OMCT condemns the ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Jordi Cuixart and Mr. Jordi Sánchez, which constitutes a disproportionate restriction on his fundamental rights to free expression, peaceful assembly and personal liberty. The OMCT further considers that the charges against them are unfounded and must therefore be dropped.

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November 22, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

Afghanistan: Joint follow-up report on Afghanistan from OMCT, CSHRN et al.

November 21, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Afghanistan

November 20, 2018  |  Events

Philippines: Joint follow-up report on the Philippines from OMCT, CLRDC and PAHRA

November 16, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Philippines