World Organisation Against Torture

Created in 1985, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of international non-governmental organisations (NGO) fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. With 311 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network and many tens of thousands correspondents in every country, OMCT is the most important network of non-governmental organisations working for the protection and the promotion of human rights in the world. [Read more …]

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The OMCT celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Today the World celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The most widely ratified human rights treaty in the World is a milestone for the empowerment of children and promotion of their rights.

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November 21, 2014  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements
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Revision of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy: NGO recommendations for EU anti-torture policy

We are writing to you with regard to the forthcoming revision of the European Union (EU) Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy. As organisations working against torture and ill treatment, we welcome the opportunity to share with you our key concerns around the EU and member states’ responses, and to put forward recommendations for the new Action Plan below.

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November 19, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements
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Reflexions on the 30th anniversary of the Convention against Torture, Brussels

UN CAT The European Commission (EC) and the European External Action service (EEAS), and in collaboration with civil society organisations will mark this anniversary with a dedicated event in Brussels. The event will take place at 15:15 on Wednesday the 3rd December 2014 at the Square conference centre.

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November 18, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Events
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Guatemala:  OMCT concludes follow-up mission

November 18, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Guatemala

Press release - “Inter-mechanisms 5.1”: enhanced cooperation will lead to better protection of human rights defenders

On November 12 and 13, 2014, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Forst met with representatives of regional human rights defenders' mechanisms, in the framework of the first part of the fifth “inter-mechanisms” meeting. Enhancing cooperation between the UN mechanism and its regional counterparts was defined as a priority by the UN Special Rapporteur in his first report to the UN General Assembly in October 2014.

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November 14, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements

United States:  Examination of the USA before the UN Committee Against Torture

November 7, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  United States

Azerbaijan:  Ongoing judicial harassments and deprivation of her lawyers against Ms. Leyla Yunus

According to the information received, on October 29, 2014, Leyla Yunus was deprived of her lawyer, Javad Javadov. This decision follows Mr. Javadov’s active criticism of the judicial process against Leyla Yunus at a hearing on October 24, 2014. Mr. Javadov highlighted the lack of evidence-based decisions and the fact that the investigators have not visited Ms. Yunus even once during the detention period in a hearing, in which the Pre-trial Court decided to extend Ms. Yunus’ pre-trial detention until February 28, 2015. According to Mr. Javadov, the investigation allegedly related to a dismissal of the lawyer due to his conflict of interests as a witness on the case. However, the Prosecutor's Office has still not explained the reasons officially. In addition, the Observatory has just been informed that Mr. Khalid Bagirov, the second main lawyer of Ms. Leyla Yunus, has also been removed from her case.

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November 6, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Venezuela:  Examination of Venezuela before the Committee against Torture: A key moment to assess the situation in the country and the commitment to combat torture

November 5, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Venezuela
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Cambodia: Groundless charges against Venerable Loun Sovath need to be dropped

November 22, 2014 – We, the above 16 endorsing non-governmental organizations, urge the Cambodian authorities to drop the charges against renowned human rights defender Venerable Luon Sovath. He is facing trial on 25 November 2014 in a flawed and protracted judicial process that clearly aims to silence him. Venerable Sovath is internationally known as the "multi-media monk," and his efforts to voice the human rights abuses against vulnerable communities and human rights defenders in Cambodia have been recognized globally.

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November 24, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Cambodia
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Rwanda: Detention of members of LIPRODHOR Mr Daniel Uwimana and of Mr Evariste Nsabayezu

November 21, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Rwanda
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Rwanda: LIPRODHOR's General Assamblee must take place without hindrances nor threats

November 21, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Rwanda
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The OMCT celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Today the World celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The most widely ratified human rights treaty in the World is a milestone for the empowerment of children and promotion of their rights.

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November 21, 2014  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements
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Cambodia: Judicial harassment against Venerable Luon Sovath

According to the information received, Venerable Luon Sovath will be tried on November 25, 2014, on charges of allegedly inciting and leading demonstrations against the Government in Chi Kreng, Siem Reap, and Boeung Kak Lake, Phnom Penh. If found guilty, Venerable Luon Sovath could face up to two years in prison and a fine of USD 1,000 (approximately EUR 797.4).The trial of Venerable Luon Sovath stems from a separate prosecution that started in November 2011. On November 2, 2011, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged Venerable Loun Sovath with incitement to committing a felony (Article 495 of the Penal Code) under case No. 3395. Mr. Sourn Serey Ratha, labelled a terrorist by the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), is also charged under the same case.

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November 20, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia
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Mauritania: Ongoing arbitrary detention against various members of IRA-Mauritania

November 20, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania
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Mexico: M​ission of international civil society observers: Conclusions of international experts: Lack of recognition, criminalisation and impunity are the reality of human rights defenders in Mexico

November 19, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Mexico
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Mexico: Threats against the members of the Asamblea Popular del Pueblo Juchiteco (APPJ)

November 19, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico