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Turkey:  Indictment on terrorism charges of 11 human rights defenders

October 17, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Sentencing of environmental rights defender Mr. Khaing Myo Htun to 18 months in prison

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing of environmental rights defender Mr. Khaing Myo Htun, co-founder of the NGO Natural Resources for the People, board member of the Arakan Natural Resources and Environmental Network, member of the advocacy group Arakan Oil Watch, and Deputy Spokesperson for the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), at the end of a repeatedly delayed trial in Sittwe, Rakhine State.

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October 16, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

2017 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders goes to Mohamed Zaree

October 10, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements

Uzbekistan:  Press Release: Release of human rights defenders a positive sign, others must follow

The recent release of human rights defenders Azam Formonov and Salijon Abdurakhmanov after long years in prison on spurious charges marks a long-awaited first practical step in alleviating the plight of defenders in Uzbekistan. The Observatory, a partnership of FIDH and OMCT (World Organisation Against Torture), calls for their full rehabilitation and for an immediate release of other defenders still in detention.


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October 6, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uzbekistan

Colombia:  Report reveals the role of business and State actors in increasing threats to land and environmental rights defenders

The Observatory and the CAJAR publish today a report drawing attention to a largely unexplored phenomenon: the specific role of economic actors in the vulnerability of individuals and groups of land and environmental rights defenders, and more specifically, corporate State capture that threatens the security, peace and even the life of these defenders.

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October 5, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Colombia

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Uzbekistan: Arbitrary detention of journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, at risk of torture

The International Secretariat of the OMCT has been informed by reliable sources of the arbitrary arrest and detention of prominent independent journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, on what appear to be politically motivated charges. OMCT is extremely concerned for his safety, amid growing fears that he might be at risk of being tortured.

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October 13, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uzbekistan

Colombia: Urgentes garantías de seguridad e investigación ante nuevas amenazas paramilitares

October 13, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Spain: OMCT condemns indiscriminate and excessive use of force in Catalonia

October 4, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Spain

Tunisia: Tunisia can reset the pace for fighting torture in the region and beyond

October 4, 2017  |  Statements  |  Tunisia

Uruguay: Informe de visitas de monitoreo en centros de detención adolescente en Uruguay

You may read the ILESUR report in Spanish here.

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October 3, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Rights of the Child  |  Reports and Publications  |  Uruguay

Colombia: OIDHACO welcomes temporary bilateral ceasefire between Colombian government and ELN

October 2, 2017  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Selection criteria for membership of the United Nations Committee Against Torture

October 2, 2017  |  Statements

Burundi: Declaration du Collectif des avocats des parties civiles "Justice for Burundi"

October 1, 2017  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Independent Evaluation Consultancy for an EU-Funded Project

September 29, 2017  |  Links

HRC36 Statement - Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Cambodia

September 27, 2017  |  Statements