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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United Arab Emirates:  Open Letter to Drivers, Teams and Performers at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2018

November 19, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Honduras:  Preocupación ante audiencia celebrada sin previo aviso en el primer juicio por el asesinato de Berta Cáceres

November 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Honduras:  Agresión física y amenazas por parte de la policía en Choluteca en contra integrantes de ACI PARTICIPA

November 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Burundi:  Détention arbitraire continue et poursuite du harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de Germain Rukuki

November 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Ukraine:  Press Release: Suspect arrested in the killing of Katerina Gandzyuk: Fighting impunity in attacks against civil society must be a priority

Ukraine’s authorities have arrested an individual for alleged involvement in the attack against Ms. Katerina Gandzyuk. The brutal acid attack she suffered that ultimately led to her death constitutes yet another of the litany of attacks against human rights defenders, including women, in the country. The Observatory (FIDH-OMCT) calls upon Ukrainian authorities to effectively investigate this crime as well as all the other attacks on activists and human rights defenders, and to take all necessary measures to guarantee the safety of all civil society representatives in Ukraine.

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November 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ukraine

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Philippines: Joint follow-up report on the Philippines from OMCT, CLRDC and PAHRA

November 16, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Philippines

Guatemala: Joint shadow report submitted to the Committee against Torture

15 November 2018. 17 NGOs and networks have joined forces in Guatemala, with the technical accompaniment and support of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), for a coalition report without precedent on the current challenges and problems regarding the prohibition against torture and ill-treatment in the country, ahead of the 7th periodic review of Guatemala by the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT), which will take place on 16 and 19 November 2018, during the CAT 65th session. 

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November 15, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Guatemala

India: Time to put promises into action. A call for ratification of UN Torture Convention and the adoption of a strong anti-torture law

November 8, 2018  |  Statements

Open Letter to Mr. Marjan Šarec Prime Minister of Slovenia - Halt extradition of Mikhail Mayorov to Russia

November 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions

Bangladesh: Joint letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, on the deteriorating human rights situation in Bangladesh

November 1, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Brazil: Human Rights above all, Human Rights above everyone

October 30, 2018  |  Statements  |  Brazil

Spain: Declaración de la Sociedad Civil para la recuperación de la Jurisdicción Universal en España

October 24, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Spain

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

Annual Report 2017

October 1, 2018  |  Reports and Publications