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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Mexico:  REPORT: Arbitrary and illegal detentions - Criminalization: A state policy to hindrance the defense of Human Rights in Mexico

This document aims to make public the systematic repression mechanisms used against human rights defenders and against the social movement in Mexico, in particular the use of arbitrary and illegal detentions to undermine the advocacy work.

The seriousness of the situation is illustrated through five cases of human rights defenders ‒Damián Gallardo Martínez, Enrique Guerrero Aviña, Librado Baños Rodríguez, Pedro Canché Herrera and Nestora Salgado García‒ who have been arbitrarily detained as a consequence of and reprisal against their advocacy work. To date, three of the five defenders remain unfairly deprived of their freedom.

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September 27, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Mexico

Kyrgyzstan:  Prominent women human rights defenders at risk following their participation in OSCE meeting

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT partnership) strongly condemns the verbal attacks and acts of harassment by the Kyrgyz authorities against Tolekan Ismailova and Aziza Abdirasulova in reprisal to their participation in the 2016 OSCE HDIM, and call upon diplomatic missions and the OSCE to provide them with all necessary protection.

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September 26, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Cambodia:  Ny Chakrya’s unjust conviction must be overturned

The unjust conviction of prominent Cambodian human rights defender Ny Chakrya must be overturned, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) said today.

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September 23, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia


Deadline: 9 November 2016. Nominations can be submitted electronically at www.martinennalsaward.org

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September 23, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events

Mexico:  Comunicado: Denuncian ante la ONU, la política de criminalización de la defensa de derechos humanos en México

September 22, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

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Mexico: Two years on, OMCT demands urgent action to guarantee the right to truth

September 26, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

HRC 33 - Joint NGO Oral Statement on gender parity in international human rights bodies

September 26, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Tunisia: Rapport des parties prenantes soumis à l'Examen Périodique Universel de la TUNISIE 3ème cycle MAI 2017

A l’issue du deuxième cycle de l’Examen Périodique Universel, la Tunisie a accepté une série de recommandations formulées par le Conseil des Droits de l’Homme. Ces recommandations se

rapportent essentiellement aux thématiques suivantes :

• Egalité et non-discrimination à l’égard de la femme et des minorités sexuelles.

• Droit à la vie et à la sécurité de la personne humaine : conditions de détention et torture.

• Indépendance de la magistrature, lutte contre l’impunité, justice transitionnelle et réformes

de la sécurité.

• Droits des enfants.

• Droits socio-économiques.

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September 22, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Tunisia

Joint letter calling on the European Union to take action in response to the lack of concrete outcomes in locating the 43 students of Ayotzinapa two years after their disappearance.

September 21, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU), Mexico

Economic, Social and Cultural Causes of the Death Penalty and Torture in Pakistan

September 13, 2016  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Internship at the Brussels Office of the OMCT

The intern will under the guidance of experienced staff at the OMCT implement a variety of diverse tasks on projects of both OMCT Europe and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, providing a unique and challenging opportunity of learning about concrete human rights advocacy at the global and European levels.

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September 6, 2016  |  Statements

Media outreach volunteer

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking a full- or part-time volunteer media outreach specialist for at least four months and up to a year to join its Geneva headquarters team as soon as possible.

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September 2, 2016  |  Statements

Internship Announcement: Child Rights Program

September 1, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Links

OMCT E-bulletin: 58th session of the Committee Against Torture - July/August 2016

The  e-bulletin on the 58th session of the Committee Against Torture, which took place from 25 July to 13 August 2016, is out. During this session, the Committee considered the State reports submitted by Kuwait, Honduras, Burundi, Mongolia. 

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August 18, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Volunteer Digital Content Specialist

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic professional with honed writing skills and marketing acumen to join our Communications Department, at the OMCT Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Our team will make you feel at home; we offer plenty of significant work and learning opportunities, and the corporate culture is international, collaborative and stimulating. Your primary objective will be to produce engaging and impactful content for OMCT's social-media campaign to raise funds and awareness about torture, #HumansAgainstTorture (www.joinhat.org). 

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August 16, 2016  |  Statements