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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Belarus:  Press Release: Crackdown continues, more human rights defenders detained

Belarusian authorities continue to use detention to prevent human rights defenders from observing peaceful protests throughout the country. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT) deplores a new series of arrests, harassments and convictions and urges Belarusian authorities to release all detained human rights defenders and investigate allegations of ill-treatment.

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March 29, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Djibouti:   Libération de Omar Ali Ewado, fondateur de la Ligue djiboutienne des droits humains

L’Observatoire a été informé par des sources fiables de la libération de M. Omar Ali Ewado, membre fondateur de la Ligue djiboutienne des droits humains (LDDH).

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March 29, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti

Nicaragua:  Threats against Vilma Núñez, Lottie Cunningham, Juana Bilbano and Francisca Ramírez.

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March 28, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

United Arab Emirates:  Stop paying lip service to human rights and release Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith

A coalition of ten human rights organizations today urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith, a prominent economist, academic and human rights defender, who faces a verdict in his case on 29 March 2017. He has been imprisoned in solitary confinement since his arrest in August 2015.

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March 28, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Belarus:  Civic Solidarity Platform condemns mass detentions and police violence against peaceful demonstrators, calls for a strong reaction by the international community

Our organisations decry the mass detentions of peaceful demonstrators, journalists and human rights defenders, as well as the use of violence and abusive treatment targeting them in Belarus on 25-26 March 2017. These events were the culmination of a series of repressive measures taken by the authorities of the country since the beginning of March to stifle the public expression of grievances.

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March 28, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

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Bangladesh: Human Rights Committee Concluding observations on the initial country report

The Committee at its 119th session (6 - 29 March 2017) considered the initial report of Bangladesh (CCPR/C/BGD/1) at its 3339th and 3340th meetings (see CCPR/C/SR.3339 and 3340). At its 3363rd meeting, held on 22 March 2017, it adopted the present concluding observations.                  

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March 29, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh

Manon Loizeau : Donner la parole aux victimes du silence

March 28, 2017  |   Violence against women  |  Reports and Publications

Switzerland: Authorities should not turn a blind eye to torture evidence on Basque case

Switzerland’s decision yesterday to send back home a Spanish citizen sentenced to jail in spite of evident signs her confession was obtained under torture falls short of basic due process and fair trial standards of Swiss extradition rules.

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March 24, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Switzerland

Mexico: Pronunciamiento abierto de organizaciones internacionales de derechos humanos en contra de la adopción de una Ley de Seguridad Interior en México

March 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico

HRC 34 - Joint statement of OMCT and the Colombian Coalition Against Torture (CCCT)

March 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia, Honduras

Brasil is denounced at the IACHR for violence and overcrowding in the socio-educative system.

March 22, 2017  |  Statements

Syrian Arab Republic: Silent War, sur le viol des femmes syriennes, primé par l’OMCT au FIFDH 2017

March 20, 2017  |   Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Togo: Déclaration conjoint de l’OMCT et CACIT sur l’adoption des recommandations finales de l’Examen Périodique Universel au Togo, 34ème Conseil des droits de l’Homme, 16 mars 2017

March 16, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Togo

Venezuela: Declaración conjunta de la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) y COFAVIC en el marco del EPU Venezuela

We are very concerned about the rising militarization and state of exception in the name of #Venezuela's security, which are leading to a pattern of serious human rights violations.

That is in substance what our own Human Rights Adviser Helena Solà said this morning in a joint oral statement on Venezuela's situation before the UN Human Rights Council, expressing concern for arbitrary dententions, extrajudicial killings and cruel treatment in the country.

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March 16, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Venezuela

Mexico: Llamado a la adopción pronta de una Ley General Contra la Tortura que cumpla con los estándares internacionales

March 9, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico