World Organisation Against Torture

Created in 1985, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of international non-governmental organisations (NGO) fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. With 311 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network and many tens of thousands correspondents in every country, OMCT is the most important network of non-governmental organisations working for the protection and the promotion of human rights in the world. [Read more …]

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Colombia:  HRDN Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders Campaign: Second Featured case: David Ravelo


The Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), of which OMCT is a member, presents the second featured case of a human rights defender, in the framework of its one year-long campaign: Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders. HRDN is an informal group of 48 NGOs operating at the EU level in the areas of human rights, democracy and peace building.

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February 10, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia
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Benin:  UN Child Rights watchdog says children detained in Benin still victims of torture and ill-treatment

February 8, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Benin

Mexico:  Ley General contra la tortura en México: En la recta final para su adopción, el proyecto de ley contiene disposiciones problemáticas

January 25, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico

OMCT E-bulletin: 56th session of the Committee against Torture - November/December 2015

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) has the pleasure to issue its E-Bulletin on the 56th session of the Committee against Torture, which took place from 9 November to 9 December 2015.

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December 17, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Tunisia:  Three Years for Homosexuality: 6 Students Subjected to Anal Examinations

A Tunisian court sentenced six students accused of sodomy to three years in prison on December 10, 2015, 13 human rights organizations said today. The convictions contradict international law and are contrary to the rights to privacy and nondiscrimination under Tunisia’s 2014 constitution.

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December 16, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tunisia

OMCT showcases 10 torture activists ahead of Dec. 10 UN Human Rights Day, launching its 30th anniversary celebration

"10 Defenders, 10 December" Campaign - To commend the work of human rights defenders working on the ground to prevent torture, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is inviting you to join us in celebrating 10 human rights defenders ahead of the United Nations’ Human Rights Day, which will also kick off a year-long celebration for the OMCTs 30th anniversary.

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December 10, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Links

Gendering Documentation: A Manual for and about Women Human Rights Defenders

To mark International Women Human Rights Defender Day (29 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December), the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is introducing its new publication, “Gendering Documentation: A Manual For and About Women Human Rights Defenders”.

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December 3, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications

Tajikistan:  Clampdown on civil society - Preliminary findings of a fact-finding mission on the situation of human rights defenders and NGOs

“The Tajik authorities must put an end to the legal and administrative harassment of human rights defenders and NGOs in the country”, said the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint OMCT-FIDH programme), following a fact-finding mission to Tajikistan. The inability of lawyers to carry out their work freely and the draconian restrictions against civil society organisations, notably those receiving foreign funding, are two of the principal concerns of the Observatory.

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November 30, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tajikistan
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Colombia: HRDN Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders Campaign: Second Featured case: David Ravelo


The Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), of which OMCT is a member, presents the second featured case of a human rights defender, in the framework of its one year-long campaign: Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders. HRDN is an informal group of 48 NGOs operating at the EU level in the areas of human rights, democracy and peace building.

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February 10, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia
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Sierra Leone: Arbitrary detention and continued judicial harassment against several members of the Malen Land Owners and Users Association (MALOA) in three different criminal cases

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary detention and continued judicial harassment against several members of the Malen Land Owners and Users Association (MALOA) in three different criminal cases. For the past three years, MALOA has been monitoring and denouncing the negative human rights impact of the activities of Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd (SAC) in Malen's district, in particular acts of land grabbing.

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February 9, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sierra Leone
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Cambodia: Continued judicial harassment faced by Messrs. Vorn Pao, Theng Savoeun, Chan Puthisak and Sokun Sambath Piseth

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the continued judicial harassment faced by Messrs. Vorn Pao, President of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), Theng Savoeun, Secretariat Coordinator of the Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community (CCFC), Chan Puthisak, a human rights defender from the Boeung Kak Lake community, and Sokun Sambath Piseth, former staff member at the Center for Labor Rights of Cambodia (CLaRi).

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February 9, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia
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China: WHRDIC condemns closure of women’s legal aid center in China

On 29 January, the Chinese government targeted for closure a renowned women’s legal aid center in Beijing. Not only does this action undermine the government’s own efforts to advance women’s rights and gender equality, it runs in direct opposition to the government’s stated priorities and its international obligations. The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) denounces these efforts to curb space for civil society, and urges respect for those who do the critical work of defending human rights and accountability when they face reprisals.

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February 9, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China
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Bahrain: Acquittal of Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the acquittal of Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati, former President of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) and digital security consultant at Front Line Defenders.

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February 9, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Benin: UN Child Rights watchdog says children detained in Benin still victims of torture and ill-treatment

February 8, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Benin
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Honduras: Alarming increase in killings and attacks against members of the organization Arcoiris

February 3, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras
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Thailand: Ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, a human rights lawyer with the organization Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), in connection with her work representing 14 activists of the Neo Democracy Movement (NDM).

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February 3, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand