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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Jean de Dieu Kilima

July 28, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic
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Turkey:  Provisional release of Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz and travel ban against him

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the provisional release of Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a human rights lawyer, a journalist who writes on various human rights issues and founding member and former President of the Human Rights Agenda Association (Insan Haklari Gundemi Dernegi – HRAA). As a journalist, Orhan Kemal Cengiz published articles on various newspapers including Today's Zaman, Radikal, Al-Monitor, Ozgur Dusunce and Bugun.

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July 26, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey
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Thailand:  Summoning and ongoing judicial harassment of Sirikan “June” Charoensiri, from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the summoning of Ms. Sirikan “June” Charoensiri, a human rights lawyer with the organisation Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)[1], in connection with her work representing 14 activists of the Neo Democracy Movement (NDM).

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July 26, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Guatemala:  Tribunal orders the immediate liberation of all criminalised defenders

July 25, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Mauritania:  Arrest and arbitrary detention of 13 members of IRA-Mautiranie

July 25, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania
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Review of Burundi by the Committee Against Torture: Civil society condemns a human rights crisis

A coalition of Burundian NGOs have submitted a report condemning a resurgence in extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and cases of torture.

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July 26, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements
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Honduras: Honduras bajo la lupa del Comité contra la Tortura de las Naciones Unidas

Tegucigalpa-Ginebra, 25 de julio de 2016.- En un contexto marcado por la brutalidad policial, la militarización y la impunidad, el Comité contra la Tortura de las Naciones Unidas examinará los días 27 y 28 de julio la situación de la tortura en Honduras, siete años después de la primera revisión ante este Comité.


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July 25, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Honduras
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Pakistan: Alternative Report to the List of Issues of the Human Rights Committee

July 22, 2016  |  Reports and Publications  |  Pakistan

Turkey: No opening of floodgates for torture and arbitrary detention!

OMCT, the leading global civil society coalition against torture today calls for the respect of the absolute prohibition of torture through a scrupulous application of legal safeguards against abuse and an urgent restoration of the rule of law in Turkey.

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July 21, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT - Project Development and Institutional Giving

July 15, 2016  |  Statements

INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT - Events Coordination and Individual Giving

July 15, 2016  |  Statements

Azerbaijan: Joint Open letter to His Holiness Pope Francis on political prisoners in Azerbaijan

Open letter by the Civic Solidarity Platform, NGOs from Sport for Rights coalition and other NGOs to His Holiness Pope Francis on political prisoners in Azerbaijan

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July 12, 2016  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Cambodia: UN Human Rights Council puts Cambodia on notice

The 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council which concluded its debates on Friday, 1 July 2016, saw several states speak out against the narrowing space for civil society and dissent in Cambodia. On Thursday, Japan, France, United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union expressed concern at the recent escalation of attacks on civil society and the political opposition.

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July 5, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Côte d'Ivoire: Contribution à la Liste des Points à traiter pour la soumission du rapport initial de la Côte d’Ivoire devant le Comité contre la torture

June 28, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Côte d'Ivoire

OMCT and SOS Torture network call on all humans to honour torture victims & take action

June 27, 2016  |   Assistance to victims, Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Statements