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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Brazil:  Killing of human rights defender Ms. Marielle Franco

The Observatory has been informed by Justicia Global about the killing of councillor and activist Ms. Marielle Franco. Well-known for her social work, Ms. Franco was elected to the city council of Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and presided over the women’s commission. In her capacity, Ms. Franco has spoken against police brutality and grinding poverty as well as in support of victims of shoot-outs with drug gangs in the favelas. In February 2018, she was chosen to be a rapporteur of the commission overseeing the deployment of federal security forces in Rio’s favelas. Ms. Franco was an outspoken critic of the decision of Brazilian President Michel Temer to deploy the army in poor neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro after a spike in violent crimes during carnival and in order to contain the escalating violence since the 2016 Olympic Games.

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March 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Egypt:  Ongoing judicial harassment of 32 Nubian human rights defenders

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment of 32 Nubian human rights defenders actively involved in the defence of minority and Nubian rights in the Aswan governorate, including Messrs. Mohamed Azmy, lawyer and President of the General Nubian UnionMaysara Abdoun, Training Coordinator at Border Center for Support & Consulting (BSC), and Ms. Seham Osman.

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March 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Honduras:  Detención arbitraria, criminalización y campaña de desprestigio en contra del Sr. Edwin Róbelo Espinal

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

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba

According to the information received, on February 23, 2018, the trial against Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba was resumed for the 57th time since its opening in May 2013. The plaintiff Mr. Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, a billionaire businessman, cattle rancher, tea plantation owner and a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) party, was not present at the hearing and was represented by Mr. Sama Francis Asanga, a senior official of the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDF), close family member of the party leader Mr John Fru Ndi and former President of the Cameroon Bar Association. On March 2, 2018, the Bamenda Court of First Instance presided by Magistrate Babila Tibet adjourned the next hearing to March 16, 2018.

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March 15, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Burundi:  Détention arbitraire et condamnation de MM. Aimé Constant Gatore, Marius Nizigama et Emmanuel Nshimirimana

March 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

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Statement delivered by OMCT at Interactive Dialogue with the Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Children and Violence and the Special Representative of the Secretary- General on Children and Armed Conflict

March 16, 2018  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Brazil, Honduras

United States: Torture should qualify for trial and not running the CIA

March 14, 2018  |  Statements  |  United States

Mexico: HRC37 - Gael García Bernal speech before Human Rights Council

March 14, 2018  |  Statements  |  Mexico

A call by actor and filmmaker Gael García Bernal in Geneva "We need an international mechanism against impunity in Mexico"

March 13, 2018  |  Statements

Russian Federation: Wave of violence against civic activists must be stopped

We, members of the OSCE-wide NGO coalition Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), express our deepest concern over the reported wave of torture, ill-treatment, and enforced disappearance of activists of the anti-fascist movement in Russia committed by Russian Federal Security Service in recent months. 

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March 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Venezuela: Amicus curiae por la OMCT y Women's Link Worldwide ante la Corte interamericana de derechos humanos

March 9, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Reports and Publications  |  Venezuela

Venezuela: Amicus Curiae preparado por la OMCT y Women’s Link Worlwide ante la Corte Interamericana de derechos humanos

March 8, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Venezuela

IACtHR could help quell gender-based violence by ruling Venezuela guilty of torture by a private individual

By considering Venezuela guilty of the torture inflicted by a private individual upon Ms. Linda Loaiza López Soto, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) has a unique opportunity to help quell gender-based violence, OMCT and Women’s Link Worldwide (Women’s Link) have advised the court.

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March 8, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Statements

European Union (EU): HRDN Statement: Promoting Human Rights and Democracy
in the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework

The 51 member organisations of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), of which the OMCT is a member organisation, consider that the European Union’s commitments spelled out in Article 2 and 21 of the Treaty remain fully relevant. The EU institutions and its member states must guide the negotiations of the future Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) in a direction that reinforces human rights through the EU’s internal and external financial instruments.

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March 1, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU)

Cambodia: CSOs call for outright rejection of draft amendments to the Constitution and Criminal Code, amid legislative assault on Cambodian peoples’ rights and freedoms

We, the undersigned organizations and communities, express our grave concern regarding the Royal Government of Cambodia’s proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia, as well as the proposed introduction of a lèse-majesté offense to Cambodia’s Criminal Code. These proposed amendments constitute a severe threat to human rights and fundamental freedoms, and are clearly designed to further criminalize any individual or entity that dares to express legitimate dissent.

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February 21, 2018  |  Statements  |  Cambodia