Congo Lucha wins the 2019 OMCT Prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

Congo Lucha,
a documentary on a youth group promoting democracy and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo directed by Marlène Rabaud, received the 2019 OMCT prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH).
In the words of Gerald Staberock, OMCT Secretary General, “Marlène Rabaud shows that hope is alive, even in the DRC, even in the Kivus – and that things can change.” [Read more...]

Human Rights Defenders news


Colombia:  Comunicado de prensa: La protesta social pacífica es la voz de la ciudadanía y debe ser escuchada

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April 24, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Abelino Chub Caal


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April 19, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Iran:  Ongoing judicial harassment against human rights lawyers Mr. Amir Salar Davoodi and Mr. Mohammad Najafi

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) about the ongoing judicial harassment against Mr.Amir Salar Davoodi  and the sentencing and re-arrest of Mr. Mohammad Najafi. Both of them are human rights lawyers. 

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April 19, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Ethiopia:  The 2019 CSO Law: Winds of change for human rights defenders in Ethiopia?

Geneva-Paris-Brussels, April 17, 2019. After ten dark years, a process of socio-political transformation, sparked by last year’s resignation of the prime minister, is slowly reopening the operational space for civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ethiopia. In a briefing note published today, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OMCT-FIDH), the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE) and the Human Rights Council (HRCO) analyse the impact and scope of this reform process, with a focus on the new CSO Law. 

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April 19, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Ethiopia

Belarus:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Vladimir Velichkin and other 17 environmental defenders

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Vladimir Velichkin, an environmental rights defender and member of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” (HRC “Viasna”), as well as other 17 environmental defenders,  in the context of the repression of an environmental protest movement against the construction of a battery plant in Brest.

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April 17, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

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Mexico: torture epidemic at the hands of the State must stop, say more than 120 human rights organizations

April 24, 2019  |  Reports and Publications

Congo, Democratic Republic: Torture in the Democratic Republic of Congo: An open secret?

April 24, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Mexico: Over 120 organisations and networks submit report to the Committee against Torture: "torture is epidemic"

April 23, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Mexico

Assist the survivors of torture 2007-2018

April 11, 2019  |   Assistance to victims  |  Reports and Publications

En Tunisie, la justice transitionnelle est en panne. C’est ce que dénoncent 28 organisations de la société civile lors de la Journée des Martyrs

April 9, 2019  |   Assistance to victims  |  Statements

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: OMCT Digital Communications and Campaign Officer (Brussels or Geneva)

March 25, 2019  |  Reports and Publications

Guatemala: Joint Open Letter: A call for action to stop legislative initiatives to amend the National Reconciliation Law and the Law on NGOs for Development

As international human rights organisations, we write to express our profound concern about the recent developments in Guatemala that could gravely impact the human rights situation and rule of law in the country. We remain alarmed by the possible passage of the proposed amendment to the National Reconciliation Law or “Amnesty Law” (N.5377) by the Guatemalan Congressand the serious consequences it would have on peace and stability in the region. Equally distressing is the upcoming threat facing Civil Society organisations in exercising their rights in light of proposed amendments to the Law on Non-Governmental NGOs for Development (N.5257).We are also worried about the Guatemalan Government’s insistence to terminate the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) before September 2019 and to obstruct its work in various forms.   This bleak picture strengthens our belief that it is in the interest of the EU and its Member States, as well as the international community at large, to ensure that the Guatemalan authorities respect the rule of law, and to firmly support the efforts of the Guatemalan people in tackling corruption and impunity.

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March 22, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Statement of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) - Item 2: Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

March 20, 2019  |  Statements  |  Colombia, Honduras, Venezuela

Guatemala: Resolución del Parlamento Europeo constituye enésima muestra de preocupación internacional por crisis de derechos humanos en el país

March 14, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU), Guatemala

Mexico: Oral statement delivered by the OMCT - UPR outcome Mexico - HRC40

March 14, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico