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Togo:  Quatre défenseurs des droits humains en détention dans le cadre de l’exercice de leur mission

September 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Togo
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Uganda:  Three break-ins of the non-governmental organisation Twerwaneho Listeners Club’s office premises in Fort Portal

According to the information received, during the week-end of September 8 to 9, 2018, unknown people broke into TLC’s premises in Fort Portal through the ventilators and stole some properties including a hand watch, a t-shirt, and a hot plate cooker. No computer, camera, printer or other valuables were taken, which makes the hypothesis of theft less likely and suggests that the real intent of the break-in was intimidation. This was the third break-in of TLC’s premises in a month. 

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September 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda
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Joint Statement: The Executive Council of the African Union moves towards dismantling the main body tasked with the protection of human rights in Africa

September 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements
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Iran:  Judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of several human rights lawyers

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) about a series of recent acts of judicial harassment and arbitrary detention targeting several lawyers for taking up human rights cases and representing other human rights lawyers prosecuted for their work.

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September 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran
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Burundi:  International civil society organisations condemn the pattern of criminalisation of human rights defenders in Burundi and call for the release of those unlawfully convicted to date.

International civil society organisations condemn the pattern of criminalisation of human rights defenders in Burundi and call for the release of those unlawfully convicted to date. 

On the occasion of the 39thsession of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the undersigned organisations wish to reiterate their support for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Burundi, as expressed on 8 August 2018 by more than 30 civil society organisations. 

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September 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi
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Campaign for a YES vote in the European Parliament regarding the situation in HUNGARY

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September 11, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Hungary

OMCT E-Bulletin 64th session

September 3, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Chile, Mauritania, Russian Federation, Seychelles

September 1, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Internship announcement - OMCT is recruiting an intern for its Committee against Torture related activities

July 31, 2018  |  Links

Guatemala: Convocatoria abierta - Apoyo para la redacción y publicación de un informe alternativo en el contexto del 7º examen periódico de Guatemala ante el CAT

La OMCT desea apoyar a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil guatemalteca en el proceso de elaboración, publicación y difusión de un informe alternativo (también denominado “informe alterno” o “informe sombra”) que proporcione información relevante y sistematizada al Comité contra la Tortura de la ONU en el contexto del 7º examen periódico de Guatemala durante su 65ª sesión en 2018. Se valorarán en particular aquellas iniciativas que incorporen los insumos y enfoques de una multiplicidad de agentes sociales. Consulte los términos de referencia en "Archivos adjuntos" para más información. 

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July 20, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Guatemala

Russian Federation: Joint alternative report on Russia's extraterritorial human rights obligations over Transnistria from OMCT and PROMO-LEX

July 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Russian Federation

Russian Federation: Joint alternative report on Russia from OMCT, the Russian NGO Committee against Torture and a number of journalists

July 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Russian Federation

Bangladesh: Odhikar Human Rights Monitoring Report January-June 2018

July 2, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: No torture survivor should be sent back to torture

OMCT and its partners Action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture (ACAT), Organisation suisse d’aide aux réfugiés (OSAR), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and many others including NGO Platform Human Rights, believe that Switzerland must make sure torture survivors are protected both from being retraumatized while interrogated in an inconsiderate fashion and from being pushed back home to more violence. That is part of States’ non-refoulement legal obligation.

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June 26, 2018  |  Statements

Bangladesh: Torture prevails due to deeply rooted culture of impunity

June 26, 2018  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh