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 …]


Bahrain:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Nabeel Rajab

According the information received, on October 9, 2014, Mr. Nabeel Rajab was brought again before the Public Prosecution Officer in Manama and informed that the Ministry of Defence had filed a complaint regarding the same tweet, which is the subject matter of the previous investigation. The interrogation lasted about 40 minutes.

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October 10, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Alejandra Ancheita Selected as the 2014 Laureate Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Ms Alejandra Ancheita was selected by the International Human Rights Community (See Jury Below). The Award is given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. The aim of the award is to provide protection through international recognition. Strongly supported by the City of Geneva, the Award will be presented on Oct. 7th.

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October 8, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh, China, Mexico

Tunisia:  Several human rights defenders attacked by state security officers and subjected to malicious prosecution

October 1, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Tunisia

Burundi:  Provisional release of Mr. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa

October 1, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Mexico:  Serious concerns after deadly crackdown in Iguala, Guerrero, and the disappearance of 46 students of Ayotzinapa

September 30, 2014  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

OMCT addresses OSCE on new agenda on the eradication of torture free of political divides

Addressing the biggest OSCE human rights meeting the OMCT Secretary General called for a new agenda for the eradication against torture in the OSCE region. 

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September 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements

Cambodia:  27th Session of the Human Rights Council

Oral statement at the occasion of the annual report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia

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September 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Panel on accelerating global efforts to end violence against children (HRC27): Joint statement OMCT and DCI

OMCT and Defence for Children International welcome the initiative of a panel discussion on the ways and means to end violence against children. We believe that this event is a positive contribution to the fight against torture, inhuman and degrading treatment. On this occasion we would like to express our concern about several issues.

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September 23, 2014  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements

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Iran: Judicial harassment against human rights lawyer Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh

According to the information received, on October 18, 2014, a three-member disciplinary investigation panel of Tehran’s Bar Association communicated a ruling to Ms. Sotoudeh that her law license is to be suspended for three years, based on a complaint filed by the Islamic Revolution Court’s Prosecution Office based in Evin prison. The complainant had asked for her license to be revoked based on her conviction and sentence in 2011. The Observatory recalls that in August 2014, a first disciplinary panel of the Tehran Bar Association rejected a similar request filed by the same complainant and upheld Ms. Sotoudeh’s right to practice law.

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October 20, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Myanmar (ex-Burma): Release of Ms. Phyu Hnin Htwe

According to the information received, on October 15, 2014, Ms. Phyu Hnin Htwe was released from Monywa Prison, Sagaing Division. This followed the withdrawal of a lawsuit by the Chinese company Wanbao, one of the mine’s operators, after 13 October hearing at the Yinmabin District Court, Sagaing Division.

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October 20, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Myanmar (ex-Burma): Release of Mr. Thaw Zin

According the information received, on September 26, Mr. Thaw Zin was released from Monywa prison. No reason was given for his early release.

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October 17, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Mexico: Assassination of Mr. Atilano Román

October 17, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Bahrain: Press Release: New trial against Nabeel Rajab to start on October 19

Paris-Geneva, October 17, 2014 – Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and FIDH Deputy Secretary General, will face a new trial on October 19. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), along with numerous institutions and NGOs have called for his release and the end of his judicial harassment. In addition, the Observatory urges the authorities of Bahrain to facilitate the access of international human rights experts to the country for trial observation and release .

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October 17, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Russian Federation: Lawsuit filed against the renowned Historical, Educational, Human Rights and Charitable Society “Memorial” (Society “Memorial”)

According to the information received, on September 24, 2014, a lawsuit was filed before the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation by the Ministry of Justice. The news were revealed by the media on October 10, 2014. In its complaint, the Ministry requests the closure of the Society “Memorial”, citing “infringements” in its organisational structure.

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October 17, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Mexico: Joint Statement WHRDIC: Justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is calling for justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez who has been unfairly and severely prosecuted as an act of reprisal for her work as a woman human rights defender.

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October 16, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Myanmar (ex-Burma): Conditional release of Mr. Kyaw Hla Aung

According to the information received, on October 7, Mr. Kyaw Hla Aung was released from the Sittwe Prison in Arakan/Rakhine State. He was granted a presidential amnesty in accordance with Section 401 of the Criminal code which also authorises the President to order Mr. Kyaw Hla Aung to serve the remainder of his original sentence if he fails to fulfil the conditions of his release. Before being released, Mr. Kyaw Hla Aung had to sign a pledge committing not to take part in other “crimes or illegal activities”.

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October 15, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)