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Belarus:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Roman Kislyak

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and subsequent detention of Mr. Roman Kislyak, a human rights defender and lawyer, as he was observing a peaceful assembly in Brest, Belarus.

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October 19, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus
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Singapore:  Judicial harassment and conviction of Mr. Jolovan Wham

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment and conviction of Mr. Jolovan Wham, social worker, human rights advocate, and former Executive Director of the NGO Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME).

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October 19, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore
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Honduras:  Nueva ola de criminalización de las personas defensoras de derechos humanos en el Bajo Aguán

October 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Honduras
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Guatemala:  Detención del Sr. Bartolo Fuentes, periodista y defensor de derechos de los migrantes

October 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Turkey:  Lift of the travel ban against human rights lawyer Ms. Eren Keskin and ongoing judicial harassment against her

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the lift of the travel ban against human rights lawyer Ms. Eren Keskinand her ongoing judicial harassment. Ms. Eren Keskin is also the co-president of the Human Rights Association (İHD) and is running as next chairperson of the Istanbul Bar Association. For almost thirty years, she has contributed to the protection of minority rights, countered violence against women, and campaigned to challenge militarism and end torture. She is the founder of a legal office providing pro bono services for transgender persons and women who were raped or sexually abused by the national security forces. 

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October 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey
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Call for Participation - "Torture and Terrorism" Working Group

October 2, 2018  |  Events

The OMCT is launching today a call for participation for its new "Torture & Terrorism" Working Group

October 2, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

India: Excessive use of force / arbitrary detention of peaceful protesters in Manipur

September 28, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Mexico: El avance en la investigación del caso Ayotzinapa requiere cambios estructurales urgentes en México

Ginebra, 26 de septiembre de 2018 – A cuatro años de los eventos que culminaron en la desaparición de 43 estudiantes de la escuela rural “Raúl Isidro Burgos” de Ayotzinapa, el asesinato de seis personas y decenas de víctimas heridas en Iguala (Guerrero), la verdad y la justicia se ven entorpecidas por la falta de avance en la implementación de un modelo de justicia garante de los derechos humanos.

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September 26, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico

India: Historic Supreme Court Case on Extrajudicial Killings in Manipur Must be Complied with and Implemented

September 26, 2018  |  Statements  |  India

Malaysia: Towards a Malaysian Ratification of the Convention against Torture

September 25, 2018  |  Statements  |  Malaysia

Vacancy Announcement

September 25, 2018  |   Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns  |  Links

Colombia: HRC39: Declaración oral conjunta de la OMCT y CCJ en la adopción del EPU

Los importantes avances en la implementación del Acuerdo de Paz llaman a Colombia a priorizar las recomendaciones del EPU relacionadas con este tema y a los países que las formularon a hacer un seguimiento cuidadoso. Sin embargo, la continuación de la violencia en varias regiones del país y contra diversas poblaciones hace urgente la incorporación de todas las recomendaciones que hoy se adoptan como pautas para el próximo Plan Nacional de Desarrollo. También es clave que Colombia continúe el proceso de construcción de un Plan Nacional de Acción en Derechos Humanos.

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September 20, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Greece: Open Letter: Systematic police violence and illegal deportation of asylum seekers in Evros

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the leading global network of civil society organisations against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the world, is writing to you to express its grave concern and to call upon your intervention in response to the following situation in Evros region.

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September 20, 2018  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

HRC39: Intervención oral de la OMCT en el diálogo sobre pueblos indígenas

Sra. Relatora, como se refiere en su informe temático, América Latina lidera tristemente los índices de muertes y agresiones de personas pertenecientes a pueblos indígenas que defienden el territorio. Los habitantes de esta región se ven afectados por alarmantes niveles de violencia, generada por una desigualdad e impunidad endémicas, y agravada por una nueva oleada de militarización.  

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September 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements