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:  La OMCT y la CIJ presentan un Amicus Curiae ante la Corte Constitucional preocupados por reforma que amplía el fuero militar

September 4, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Colombia
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Uruguay:  Historic prosecution of 26 officials for the crime of torture against teenagers in detention centers

Geneva-Montevideo, 28 August 2015 – On Friday 22 August, a criminal judge issued an indictment for 26 officials from SUINAU (Union of the Institute for Children and Teenagers in Uruguay) and from SIRPA (Criminal Liability System For Teenagers) for the crime of torture. OMCT and IELSUR, who have been denouncing the violent practices of officials against teenagers in detention for years, welcome this unprecedented legal action.

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August 30, 2015  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Uruguay

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

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
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Colombia: La OMCT y la CIJ presentan un Amicus Curiae ante la Corte Constitucional preocupados por reforma que amplía el fuero militar

September 4, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Colombia
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Azerbaijan: Press Release: Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova sentenced to 7.5 years in jail

“This is only the last of a series of recent politically motivated long-term convictions handed down against the most prominent Azeri human rights defenders. It is time for the international community to strongly take a stand against this systematic judicial repression and harassment of human right defenders in Azerbaijan”, said OMCT Secretary General Gerald Staberock.

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September 1, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan
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Azerbaijan: Sport For Rights: Joint Statement: Sport for Rights coalition condemns sentencing of journalist Khadija Ismayilova

The Sport for Rights coalition reiterates its call for Ismayilova’s immediate and unconditional release, as well as the release of the other jailed journalists and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan. The coalition also calls for the Azerbaijani government to take immediate and concrete steps to improve the broader human rights situation in the country, particularly in the context of the upcoming November parliamentary elections. Without independent media coverage, including critical voices such as Ismayilova’s, the elections cannot be considered free and fair. Finally, Sport for Rights calls for greater vigilance by the international community to developments in the country, and increased efforts to hold the Azerbaijani government accountable to its international human rights obligations.

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September 1, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan
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Thailand: Press Release: Acquittal of two reporters a positive step for media freedom

“We welcome the acquittal of Chutima and Alan. Nonetheless, their judicial harassment is a reminder of the ongoing media repression in a country that not too long ago was considered a beacon of media freedom in Southeast Asia. Thai authorities must immediately end all forms of harassment of media workers and human rights defenders and guarantee their right to freedom of expression,” said OMCT Secretary General Gerald Staberock.

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September 1, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Thailand
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Bangladesh: Joint Statement: Government repression and intimidation of families of victims of enforced disappearance

As partners of Odhikar and the families of the disappeared, AFAD, ALRC, FIDH, and OMCT strongly condemn this State repression of human rights defenders and those speaking out against human rights violations. Articles 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establish the rights of all people to freedom of opinion and expression, and freedom of peaceful assembly, respectively. The right to assembly is likewise provided for by the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (Article 21), which Bangladesh has ratified.

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September 1, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh
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Saudi Arabia: Joint Open Letter: A Closed letter from Human Rights Organisations to the Saudi leadership Sent on 16 July 2015 and no reply has been received as yet

We are gravely concerned about the worsening situation of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia as they continue to face severe risks for their peaceful activism. Many of them are still in detention on fabricated charges where they are inadequately protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and subjected to inhumane conditions. The right to freedom of expression is violated, as they are banned from freely expressing their opinions on the Internet or through other media, and face threats, intimidation, arbitrary arrests, prosecutions and harassment as a result. Both the cyber-crime and counter-terror laws, adopted in 2007 and 2014 respectively, are arbitrarily applied to target peaceful human rights defenders.

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September 1, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Saudi Arabia
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Uruguay: Historic prosecution of 26 officials for the crime of torture against teenagers in detention centers

Geneva-Montevideo, 28 August 2015 – On Friday 22 August, a criminal judge issued an indictment for 26 officials from SUINAU (Union of the Institute for Children and Teenagers in Uruguay) and from SIRPA (Criminal Liability System For Teenagers) for the crime of torture. OMCT and IELSUR, who have been denouncing the violent practices of officials against teenagers in detention for years, welcome this unprecedented legal action.

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August 30, 2015  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Uruguay

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