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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Pakistan:  OMCT/HRCP Advocacy mission in Pakistan

Geneva – Islamabad, 27 AUGUST 2015. A delegation of the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) visited Pakistan to advocate for an anti-torture torture law and the implementation of the UN Convention Against Torture. The mission was conducted jointly by OMCT with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

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August 27, 2015  |  Statements  |  Pakistan
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OMCT E-bulletin

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) has the pleasure to issue its E-Bulletin on the 55th session of the Committee against Torture which took place from 27 July to 14 August 2015.

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August 25, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

OMCT Annual Report 2014

The OMCT 2014 Annual Report is now available. It gives an overview of the OMCT activities and accomplishments in 2014.

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August 20, 2015  |  Reports and Publications

Azerbaijan:  Verdict against Leyla and Arif Yunus is outrageous and must be nullified

Geneva-Paris, August 13, 2015 – The Observatory's trial observer in Baku reports that Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunusov have been handed 8.5 and 7 year jail sentences, respectively. The Baku Grave Crimes court pronounced the verdict after a speedy hearing of the defence's final pleas. These sentences are outrageous and aim purely at sanctioning the legitimate work of the two Azeri human rights defenders, declared the Observatory. While these heavy sentences are no surprise, they serve to further underline Azerbaijan's complete disregard for the international standards of fair trial and due process.

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August 13, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Libya:  Exile or death: violence and collapsed State leave human rights defenders with few options

Paris, Geneva, August 12, 2015 – In Libya, human rights defenders have become prime targets for many armed groups involved in the ongoing civil war, reveals The Observatory in a report published today. Violence, harassment and intimidation are daily occurrences for these defenders, in a climate of impunity resulting from the breakdown of the State. The respect of human rights defenders as vital, non-partisan voices should be a baseline consensus for any successful agreement between parties to the conflict.

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August 12, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Libya

Uruguay:  Children abused in Uruguayan Prison

Last week a video was released in the Uruguayan media showing a group of Prison officers violently containing unarmed children in a juvenile detention centre in Montevideo.

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August 11, 2015  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Uruguay

OMCT provides expert briefing to UN anti-torture body: ‘Urgent need to prevent transfers to torture’

Geneva, 07 August 2015. With migration pressures increasing around the world, new conflicts emerging and an aggressive counter-terrorism debate portraying foreigners and migrants as unwanted or security threats, the OMCT warns of an increasing risk that States are sending people back to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

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August 11, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Azerbaijan:  Developments in the ongoing trial against Leyla and Arif Yunus

The Observatory has been informed by its trial observer, present in Baku to monitor the hearing, about the new developments in the ongoing trial against Ms. Leyla Yunus, Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) and a member of OMCT General Assembly, and Mr. Arif Yunusov, husband of Ms. Yunus and Head of the Conflictology Department of IPD.

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August 10, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan
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Pakistan: OMCT/HRCP Advocacy mission in Pakistan

Geneva – Islamabad, 27 AUGUST 2015. A delegation of the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) visited Pakistan to advocate for an anti-torture torture law and the implementation of the UN Convention Against Torture. The mission was conducted jointly by OMCT with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

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August 27, 2015  |  Statements  |  Pakistan
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Mauritania: Three anti-slavery activists condemned in appeal to two years in jail

August 27, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Mauritania
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Mexico: Brutal murder of the defender Ms. Nadia Vera Pérez and the photoreporter Mr. Rubén Espinosa Becerril

August 25, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico
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OMCT E-bulletin

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) has the pleasure to issue its E-Bulletin on the 55th session of the Committee against Torture which took place from 27 July to 14 August 2015.

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August 25, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications
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Thailand: Still ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Andy Hall, a migrant labour rights researcher

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Andy Hall, a migrant labour rights researcher.

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August 25, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Myanmar (ex-Burma): Release of Mr. Tin Maung Kyi, member of MDCF

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources of the release of Mr. Tin Maung Kyi, a member of the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF), a community-based organisation that advocates against land-grabbing and other human rights violations.

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August 21, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Honduras: We demand respect for the judicial guarantees for David Romero

August 20, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Honduras

United Arab Emirates: Arrest and disappearance of Mr. Nasser Bin Ghaith

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arrest and disappearance of Mr. Nasser Bin Ghaith, a pro-democracy activist and prominent professor, who has been promoting democratic reforms and the respect of freedom of expression in his country for several years.

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August 20, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates