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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Colombia:  Rechazo a las amenazas del paramilitarismo en contra del movimiento social y ambientalista en Colombia

December 2, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Honduras:  Human rights defenders between a rock and a hard place

Publication of an international fact-finding reportEveryday in Honduras, human rights defenders face killings, threats and criminalisation. The Honduran authorities must show genuine political willingness to confront this crisis, urge today the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an OMCT - FIDH partnership), Honduran human rights organisations CEHPRODEC, CIPRODEH, COFADEH and the International Platform Against Impunity. This call was launched in the framework of a public hearing held in Panama City before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the situation of human rights defenders in Honduras.

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December 1, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Honduras:  Mission Report - Human rights defenders between a rock and a hard place

December 1, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Honduras

Joint statement: Human Rights Defenders are not criminals

November 29, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions

Kazakhstan:  Sentencing to five years in prison of human rights defenders Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayan

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing to five years in prison of Mr. Max Bokayev, Head of the NGO “Arlan” and a human rights defender working for the protection of the environment, freedom of expression and the fight against torture, and Mr. Talgat Ayan, a lawyer and activist from Atyrau, Western Kazakhstan. Both human rights defenders played a crucial role in organising peaceful protests that took place last April and early May 2016 against the amendments to the Land Code of Kazakhstan.

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November 29, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

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Venezuela: Consternación ante la desaparición y posterior ejecución de 12 personas en Barlovento por parte del Ejército

December 1, 2016  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Prominent Pakistani human rights defender Hina Jilani becomes new OMCT President

Hina Jilani, the newly elected President of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), in the face of challenging political rhetoric pledged to uphold human rights principles and convince the world that torture should never be used.

Ms. Jilani was elected to a four-year term on Saturday 26 November at the organization’s General Assembly meeting held every four years. Addressing OMCT partners and members of its SOS-Torture network of more than 200 non-governmental organizations around the world, she said she would focus on boosting its cohesion to make its voice louder.

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November 29, 2016  |  Statements

Fighting torture more necessary than ever, UN Human Rights Commissioner tells activists

Geneva, November 25 (OMCT) – Given the rising recourse to torture and of political narratives that condone or even incite it, fighting against this inhumane practice is more necessary than ever, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told activists and human rights defenders at a World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) forum.

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November 25, 2016  |  Statements

DCI and OMCT launch the second edition of the Justice for Children Award

Defence for Children International (DCI) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) are launching today the second edition of the Justice for Children Award, which encourages research within European universities on the challenges within justice systems worldwide that slow the realization of children’s rights.  

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November 17, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements

Bangladesh: Bangladesh Human Rights Report 2015

Human rights situation in Bangladesh has been dealt a severe blow by the controversial and farcical Parliamentary elections held on January 5, 2014. Disorder in the electoral systems in Bangladesh became more widespread after January 5, 2014. As a result, conducting a free, fair and neutral election has become almost impossible. Upazila Parishad elections in 2014 and City Corporations and Municipality elections in 2015 were marked by unlawful activities, including massive electoral rigging, ‘capturing’ of polling stations, casting of fake votes and violence. All these made the whole election process a farce.

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November 17, 2016  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh

Brazil: Violent killings of children deprived of liberty in Pernambuco

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The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the Gabinete de Assessoria Jurídica às Organizações Populares (GAJOP) have been informed by reliable sources about the death in just one week (25-31 October 2016) of 11 teenagers during riots in two units of deprivation of liberty in the State of Pernambuco, Brazil.

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November 15, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Sri Lanka: OMCT & GJC report to CAT: Sri Lankan laws condone torture of women and girls

November 14, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Sri Lanka

Seria preocupación ante detención y posterior desaparición de 13 personas en Acevedo, región de Barlovento, estado Miranda

November 4, 2016  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions

Russian Federation: Call for urgent measures to protect health, life and dignity of prisoner of conscience Ildar Dadin

Ildar Ildusovich Dadin, civic activist whom Amnesty International declared as prisoner of conscience, was transferred to the Penal Colony No. 7 in Segezha, Republic of Karelia, in September 2016. As Ildar Dadin reported through his attorney on 31 October 2016, since the transfer he is systematically being subjected to torture, degrading treatment, and threats of murder and rape. By publishing a letter directly accusing the warden of Penal Colony 7 S.L. Kossiyev of abusing him and other prisoners in the colony, Ildar Dadin has exposed himself to a real threat to his life.​

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November 2, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Venezuela: No exceptional measure in Venezuela should be upheld at the expense of basic human rights

Geneva, 31 October 2016 (OMCT) – Amidst a deepening political, social and economic crisis, Venezuela’s human rights record will be scrutinized tomorrow for the second time in the framework of the 26th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group.

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October 31, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Venezuela