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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Russian Federation:  Five years later, human rights defender Natalia Estemirova’s murderers still at large

On the fifth anniversary of the murder of prominent human rights defender Ms. Natalia Estemirova, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, condemn the intolerable impunity that persists and reiterate their call for a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into her assassination.

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July 14, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Assassination attempt of the wife of a policeman on the run prosecuted in the Chebeya-Bazana case

July 14, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

OMCT Newsletter - June 2014 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On this day dedicated to the victims of torture and ill-treatment, OMCT as the leading civil society movement against torture together with members of SOS-Torture Network organised events all around the world to mobilize support to victims of torture, to call on governments to take concrete steps to eradicate torture and to reaffirm that respect for human dignity must be respected under any circumstances.

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July 7, 2014  |   Assistance to victims, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements

Annual Report 2013 of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

July 7, 2014  |  Reports and Publications

26 June 2014: Global anti-torture coalition: Torture victims need to be given their rights with real remedies

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the leading global civil society coalition against torture, calls on States to put their legal obligation under the UN Convention Against Torture into practice.

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June 26, 2014  |   Assistance to victims, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements

Colombia:  26 de Junio de 2014: En Colombia la Tortura existe y tiene muchos nombres

June 26, 2014  |   Assistance to victims, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Mexico:  26 de junio de 2014: La tortura en México sigue siendo una constante y las víctimas merecen justicia

June 26, 2014  |   Assistance to victims, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Côte d'Ivoire:  26 juin 2014: Les victimes de torture doivent obtenir justice et réparation

June 26, 2014  |   Assistance to victims, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Côte d'Ivoire
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Egypt: New measures to further obstruct NGOs’ work

The EMHRN and the Observatory express their deepest concern over the Egyptian government’s latest measures to hamper the exercise of freedom of association by non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

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July 23, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Cameroon: Arbitrary detention, judicial harassment and ill-treatments against Mr. Franklin Mowha

July 22, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon
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Egypt: Continued arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Mahienour El-Massry

On July 20, 2014, after successive adjournments, the Sidi Gaber Appeal Misdemeanour Court in Alexandria decided to reduce the two-year jail sentence against Ms. Mahienour El-Massry, a human rights lawyer known for her activism in favour of judicial independence and prisoners' rights, for protest without a permit” and “assaulting security forces” to six months. 

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July 21, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Swaziland: Human rights defenders Thulani Rudolf Maseko and Bheki Makhubu convicted for contempt of court

The Observatory has been informed about the court ruling that convicted yesterday Mr. Thulani Rudolf Maseko, a prominent human rights lawyer, senior member of Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland and the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network, as well as Mr. Bheki Makhubu, a columnist and Editor-in-Chief of The Nation, for “contempt of court".

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July 18, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Swaziland
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Thailand: GOOD NEWS! Release of land rights activist Mr. Prom Jarana

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the release of Mr. Prom Jarana, a member of the Assembly of the Poor, a grass-roots people’s movement that works for the protection and promotion of land rights.

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July 18, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Syrian Arab Republic: Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Messrs. Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghrer and Hani Al-Zitani

The Observatory has been informed about the continued arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Mazen Darwish, President of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), and of his colleagues Messrs. Hussein Ghrer and Hani Al-Zitani, as well as of the ongoing judicial harassment of two other SCM members, Messrs. Mansur Al-Omari and Abdel Rahman Hamada.

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July 18, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic
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Syrian Arab Republic: Activists Not Released Despite Amnesty - Free Peaceful Advocates, Workers Arbitrarily Detained

Scores of civil society activists, human rights defenders, media and humanitarian workers remain in arbitrary detention in Syria more than a month after the government declared a general amnesty, twelve nongovernmental organizations said today. Syrian officials should immediately release all activists arbitrarily held for their legitimate activities and allow independent international monitors inside Syria’s detention facilities to monitor the releases and conditions of confinement.

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July 18, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic
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Thailand: Arbitrary arrest of land rights activist Mr. Prom Jarana

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources of the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Prom Jarana, a member of the Assembly of the Poor, a grassroots people’s movement that works for the protection and promotion of land rights.

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July 17, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand