Congo Lucha wins the 2019 OMCT Prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

Congo Lucha, a documentary on a youth group promoting democracy and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo directed by Marlène Rabaud, received the 2019 OMCT prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH).

In the words of Gerald Staberock, OMCT Secretary General, “Marlène Rabaud shows that hope is alive, even in the DRC, even in the Kivus – and that things can change.” [Read more...]

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Honduras:  Intensificación de la campaña de ataques contra personas defensoras en la zona sur, incluyendo el asesinato del comunicador social Carlos Gabriel Hernández

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March 26, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Guatemala:  Judicial harassment by the President of the SCJ against Claudia Virginia Samayoa Pineda and José Manuel Martínez Cabrera

The Observatory rejects this criminalisation against Ms. Claudia Virginia Samayoa Pineda and Mr. José Manuel Martínez Cabrera, particularly because of the fact that the President of the SCJ, within his official role, is unduly using criminal law against two human rights defenders.

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March 24, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Vacancy announcement: OMCT Europe - Human Rights Officer / Turkey, Eastern Europe & Central Asia Programme

March 22, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Links

Morocco:  Harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de Mme Nazha El Khalidi, journaliste et membre du collectif sahraoui Equipe Media

March 21, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Iran:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Rezvaneh Mohammadi, gender equality defender

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) and by Justice for Iran about the ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Rezvaneh Mohammadi, a graduate of women’s studies who has been promoting gender equality online and participating in gender equality workshops.

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March 20, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: OMCT Digital Communications and Campaign Officer (Brussels or Geneva)

March 25, 2019  |  Reports and Publications

Guatemala: Joint Open Letter: A call for action to stop legislative initiatives to amend the National Reconciliation Law and the Law on NGOs for Development

As international human rights organisations, we write to express our profound concern about the recent developments in Guatemala that could gravely impact the human rights situation and rule of law in the country. We remain alarmed by the possible passage of the proposed amendment to the National Reconciliation Law or “Amnesty Law” (N.5377) by the Guatemalan Congressand the serious consequences it would have on peace and stability in the region. Equally distressing is the upcoming threat facing Civil Society organisations in exercising their rights in light of proposed amendments to the Law on Non-Governmental NGOs for Development (N.5257).We are also worried about the Guatemalan Government’s insistence to terminate the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) before September 2019 and to obstruct its work in various forms.   This bleak picture strengthens our belief that it is in the interest of the EU and its Member States, as well as the international community at large, to ensure that the Guatemalan authorities respect the rule of law, and to firmly support the efforts of the Guatemalan people in tackling corruption and impunity.

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March 22, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Statement of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) - Item 2: Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

March 20, 2019  |  Statements  |  Colombia, Honduras, Venezuela

Guatemala: Resolución del Parlamento Europeo constituye enésima muestra de preocupación internacional por crisis de derechos humanos en el país

March 14, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU), Guatemala

Mexico: Oral statement delivered by the OMCT - UPR outcome Mexico - HRC40

March 14, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Saudi Arabia: NGOs urge governments to pressure Saudi Arabia to improve rights record following UN review

Following the adoption of Saudi Arabia’s Universal Periodic Review outcome on March 14, MENA Rights Group, Alqst, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and OMCT called on the international community to maintain pressure on the Saudi government to improve the human rights situation in the country.

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March 14, 2019  |  Statements  |  Saudi Arabia

Burundi: frequent and multiple human rights violations, abusive sentencing of a defender. Declaration at HRC40.

March 12, 2019  |  Statements

Screening of the film: ‘The Long Haul’

March 4, 2019  |  Events

United Nations Human Rights Council 40th session (25 February – 22 March 2019) - Statement delivered by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

February 28, 2019  |  Statements

Mexico: Open letter to President López Obrador: Urgent call to reconsider creation of National Guard

The undersigned organizations, part of the International Observatory on Human Rights in Mexico, express our deep concern about the possible reform of the Mexican constitution to create a National Guard as a new public security body, a measure that would aggravate the militarization of security in Mexico.

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February 21, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico