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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Shrinking space for civil society in the OSCE hits a new low at the Ministerial Council Meeting in Milano

We, members of the Coordination Committee of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) and other civil society representatives, are shocked by the exclusion of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from attending the opening and closing sessions of the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting (MC) in the plenary hall as well as not being provided with an opportunity to follow the live broadcast of proceedings or to hold side events in Milano on 6 and 7 December 2018.

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December 12, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements

Iran:  New developments concerning the judicial harassment of human rights lawyer

December 10, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Peru:  Criminalisation against the IDL lawyer Mr Juan Carlos Ruíz Molleda and the environmental doctor Mr Fernando Osores Plenge

December 10, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

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

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Human Rights Day: A call to action - No implementation of human rights in the Universal Human Rights Declaration without human rights defenders

December 10, 2018  |  Statements

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)

CONCEPT NOTE - Thematic briefing: Protecting women from violence through the UN Convention Against Torture

December 5, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Statements

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