The Committee Against Torture is in session!

Geneva 22 July 2019

CAT 67 has just kicked off. Over the next two weeks, the ten independent experts on the UN Committee Against Torture will review what Poland, Greece, Togo and Bangladesh are doing to fight torture at home. Read the civil society take on Greece in this joint submission by OMCT and partners, with a special focus on the torture and ill-treatment of migrants and refugees. The CAT will publish is Concluding Observations on 9 August.





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Turkey:  Acquittal of Ms. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Mr. Erol Onderoglu and Mr. Ahmet Nesin

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the acquittal of Ms. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), Mr. Erol Önderoğlu, Turkey Representative of Reporters Without Borders (RWB) and Mr. Ahmet Nesin, a journalist.  

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July 18, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey
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Guatemala:  Assassination of Mr. Julio Ramírez

July 17, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Egypt:  Provisional release of Ms. Malak Al-Kashif

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the release of Ms. Malak Al-Kashif, a LGBT+ human rights defender, who was detained since March 6, 2019 for calling for peaceful protests to denounce how the Ramses Station Accident was handled by the authorities.

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July 17, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Pakistan:  Ongoing harassment against Ms. Gulalai Ismail and her relatives


The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Gulalai Ismail and about threats and harassment against her relatives. Ms. Ismail, an ethnic Pashtun and woman rights defender, is the
founder of the Seeds of Peace network and co-founder and Chairperson of the Aware Girls NGO, an organisation aiming at strengthening the leadership of young people, especially women and girls, enabling them to act as agents of change for women empowerment and peace building.

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July 16, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan
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Mexico:  Intimidation acts against Monsignor José Raúl Vera López

July 16, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico
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Venezuela: 41st session of the Human Rights Council - Enhanced ID: Oral statement issued by OMCT and COFAVIC

OMCT and COFAVIC welcome the report on the human rights situation in Venezuela, as well as the recent visit of the High Commissioner.

OMCT and COFAVIC express deep concern about the ongoing and ever-deteriorating human rights crisis of in Venezuela. Our organisations keep documenting a sustained increase in extrajudicial executions, torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and arbitrary detentions in the country.


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July 5, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Venezuela

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July 2, 2019  |  Links  |  Niger

Philippines: 41st session of the Human Rights Council : Oral statement on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Philippines

July 1, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Philippines: 41st session of the Human Rights Council - General Debate: Joint oral statement on the human rights situation in the Philippines

July 1, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Sudan: 41st session of the Human Rights Council : Oral statement on the Interactive Dialogue on Sudan

July 1, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Sudan

41st session of the Human Rights Council: Oral statement issued by OMCT, International platform against Impunity and CACIT

July 1, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Cameroon, Honduras, Togo

Colombia: 41th session of the Human Rights Council: Oral statement issued by Comisión Colombiana de Juristas and OMCT

July 1, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Burundi: 41st session of the Human Rights Council - Enhanced ID with Commission on Inquiry on Burundi: Oral statement issued by FIACAT with CCPR Centre, OMCT and TRIAL International

July 1, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Greece: Joint report to the Committee against Torture ahead of the review of the 7th periodic report

July 1, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Greece

Honduras: OMCT condemns the use of lethal force against protesters and urges the withdrawal of the armed forces

June 28, 2019  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras