World Organisation Against Torture

Created in 1985, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of international non-governmental organisations (NGO) fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. With 311 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network and many tens of thousands correspondents in every country, OMCT is the most important network of non-governmental organisations working for the protection and the promotion of human rights in the world. [Read more …]

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Colombia and Guatemala: 28th session of the Human Rights Council: Joint oral statement

March 25, 2015  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Colombia, Guatemala
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The second edition of the OMCT Handbook Series on torture remedies was presented in Washington, D.C., with eminent experts of the Inter-American Human Rights System

On 19 March 2015, eminent experts and practitioners including Commissioner James L. Cavallaro, the original authors Diego Rodríguez and Claudia Martín, Alejandro Malambo, lawyer at the Colombian Commission of Jurists, and Helena Solà Martín, legal advisor of the OMCT in charge of the update, participated in the presentation at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. The launch, which was followed by a round-table discussion, was moderated by Frank La Rue, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and Director of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in Europe.   

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March 24, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements
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Joint Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Nepal

March 23, 2015  |  Reports and Publications

Angola:  Publication of a Mission Report: “They want to keep us vulnerable”: Human Rights Defenders Under Pressure

In a joint report released today, the Observatory and the Associação Justicia Paz e Democracia (AJPD) depict an environment where human rights defenders and journalists in Angola are subjected to judicial and administrative harassment, acts of intimidation, threats and other forms of restrictions to their freedom of association and expression. Our organisations release this report while the trial of prominent journalist and human rights defender, Rafael Marques de Morais will commence next week in Luanda. The report also comes in a context where the authorities of Angola have recently introduced a draft regulation aimed at regulating the activities of NGOs which, if adopted by the President in its current form, will considerably jeopardize any independent human rights reporting in this country.    

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March 19, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Angola

Mexico:  Joint public statement: International Organisations urge Mexican authorities to guarantee the security and integrity of relatives of the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa and of their representatives

16 de marzo de 2015 – Several international organizations express deep concern regarding recent reports according to which, members of the Tlachinollan Human Rights Centre, as well as other human rights organisations and the families and friends of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, continue to suffer security incidents, putting their physical and psychological integrity at risk. 

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March 17, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Cambodia to be reviewed by UN Human Rights Committee

March 16, 2015  |  Statements

Brazil:  Abusive body searches will be forbidden in prisons of Rio

The World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) and Justiça Global (JG) welcome the approval of the draft bill 77/2015 that abolishes notoriously abusive body searches to the visitors of the criminal justice prisons in the state of Rio.

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March 14, 2015  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Brazil

Guatemala:  Human rights defenders at risk, unprotected and criminalised by the State: Conclusions from an international mission

Geneva-Paris-Guatemala City, March 13, 2015: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and UDEFEGUA call on the Guatemalan authorities to put an end to the practice of criminalising human rights defenders in Guatemala and welcome the authorities’ commitment to implement public policies to protect defenders in collaboration with civil society.

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March 13, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Guatemala
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Colombia and Guatemala: 28th session of the Human Rights Council: Joint oral statement

March 25, 2015  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Colombia, Guatemala
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Morocco: Aggression, detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Hicham Mansouri

March 25, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco
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The second edition of the OMCT Handbook Series on torture remedies was presented in Washington, D.C., with eminent experts of the Inter-American Human Rights System

On 19 March 2015, eminent experts and practitioners including Commissioner James L. Cavallaro, the original authors Diego Rodríguez and Claudia Martín, Alejandro Malambo, lawyer at the Colombian Commission of Jurists, and Helena Solà Martín, legal advisor of the OMCT in charge of the update, participated in the presentation at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. The launch, which was followed by a round-table discussion, was moderated by Frank La Rue, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and Director of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in Europe.   

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March 24, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements
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Joint Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Nepal

March 23, 2015  |  Reports and Publications
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Congo, Democratic Republic: Press Release: Serious concerns regarding the equitable characer on the process against a human rights defender

March 23, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Congo, Democratic Republic
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Myanmar (ex-Burma): Arbitrary detention and sentencing of Messrs. Thein Aung Myint, Saw Hla Aung, Kyaw Myo Htun and Ms. Khet Khet Tin

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary detention and sentencing of Messrs. Thein Aung Myint and Saw Hla Aung, members of the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF). MDCF is a community-based organisation that campaigns against land-grabbing and other human rights violations. The court also sentenced two other people, Mr. Kyaw Myo Htun and Ms. Khet Khet Tin, to six months under the same law in connection with the March 27 protests, even though they were not involved in the demonstration.

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March 23, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)
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Azerbaijan: Joint Statement on Azerbaijan under Item 4 of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Since the presidential election in October 2013, Azerbaijan is leading a crackdown against human rights defenders and, more generally, against any independent voices in the country. As a result, unrelenting crackdown on human rights, key leaders of human rights organisations are behind bars, as well as leading journalists and other peaceful activists, including many activists of the youth movement NIDA.

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March 23, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Open letter: Request for public consultation on the revision of the “Handbook for Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment” adopted in 2006

March 20, 2015  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights  |  Statements