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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Philippines:  OMCT, the FIFDH and AI condemn the arrest of Filipino senator Leila de Lima

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) and Anesty International strongly object to the arrest of Philippine Senator Leila de Lima. 

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February 24, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Thailand:  Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk’s sentence reduced, injustice continues

Today’s decision by Thailand’s Supreme Court to reduce the prison sentence of human rights defender Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk does little to mitigate the prolonged injustice Somyot and his family have endured, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) said. The Observatory reiterates its call for Somyot’s immediate and unconditional release.

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February 23, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Bahrain:  Nabeel Rajab's trial to resume after nine postponements

Mr. Nabeel Rajab will face a series of charges, including “deliberately spreading false information and malicious rumours with the aim of discrediting the State”, “disseminating false rumours in time of war”, “insulting a statutory body” and “offending a foreign country [Saudi Arabia]” before Manama’s Fourth High Criminal Court following the court’s decision on January 23, 2017 to postpone the hearing for the ninth time. Conviction would expose Nabeel Rajab to up to fifteen years in prison.

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February 21, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Nicaragua:  Reacción del CENIDH sobre la Resolución del Parlamento Europeo, de 16 de febrero de 2017, sobre la situación de los derechos humanos y la democracia en Nicaragua – el caso de Francisca Ramírez (2017/2563(RSP)

February 21, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Nicaragua

Bolivia:  Irrupción violenta y allanamiento de la sede de la APDHB y actos de intimidación contra su presidenta María Amparo Carvajal Baños

February 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bolivia

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Bangladesh: Joint NGO Alternative Report on Bangladesh to the United Nations Human Rights Committee 119th Session to be held 6-29 March 2017

The human rights situation in Bangladesh is far from being satisfactory. With over one third of girls married by the age of 15, Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage of girls under the age of 15 in the world. Both dowry practice and gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, remain deeply rooted in Bangladeshi society and continue to result in the abuse and death of women each year without adequate protection by State authorities. From May 2013 to December 2016, Odhikar documented 727 cases of alleged extra-judicial killings by law enforcement agency; 232 persons were forcibly

disappeared after having allegedly been picked up. Despite repeated pledges by the government, numerous murders of bloggers and activists have been systematically ignored.

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February 24, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh

European Union (EU): EU Agency for Fundamental Rights February 2017 report: Current migration situation in the EU: Torture, trauma and its possible impact on drug use

The prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is a cornerstone of the international and European human rights protection regimes. Nevertheless, a significant number of migrants and asylum applicants experience or witness physical and psychological violence, inhuman or degrading treatment, or are victims of other violent crimes. Most of these cases involve their countries of origin, but incidents do also occur both in transit countries and in the European Union (EU). These experiences can trigger or intensify trauma and undermine mental health.

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February 24, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  European Union (EU)

South Sudan: UN Human Rights Council must address ongoing human rights violations in South Sudan

February 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  South Sudan

The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights unveils full programme

The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) is celebrating its 15th anniversary! As the most important event on cinema and human rights worldwide, it brings together 300 guests from 62 different countries between March 10th to the 19th 2017, and offers 134 events at the heart of Geneva during the main session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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February 21, 2017  |  Events

United States: Torture will make terrorism – not America – great again, OMCT warns

Torturing suspects is illegal, ineffective and will only heighten the risk of terrorism, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) warned after Donald Trump again condoned torture on his first televised interview yesterday as United States President.

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January 26, 2017  |  Statements  |  United States

Egypt: A year after Regeni’s death, still no justice or steps to end torture in Egypt

On the first anniversary of the death of Italian student Giulio Regeni, Egypt still has not brought before justice those responsible for his enforced disappearance, torture and killing.

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January 25, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Turkmenistan: Open Letter: Civil Society request to vote against the CMI Offshore Project in Turkmenistan

I​n addition to its grave environmental risks, this project is not in line with the EBRD Country Strategy for Turkmenistan, as well as EBRD’s Transportation Strategy for the region. Unfortunately, reform by the government of Turkmenistan has been largely absent and any changes have been purely superficial, designed to appease international institutions without providing any benefit to the citizens of the country. Members of the political opposition inside the country have been pushed into exile or imprisoned, with political prisoners often subject to torture and enforced disappearance.

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January 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkmenistan

How children can survive torture

Report on the Expert Workshop on redress and rehabilitation of child and adolescent victims How children can survive tortureof torture and the intergenerational

transmission of trauma

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January 20, 2017  |   Assistance to victims, Rights of the Child  |  Reports and Publications

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January 20, 2017  |  Statements

Joint written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017)

January 18, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements