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

July 28, 2014  |  Reports and Publications

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 police officer on the run prosecuted in the Chebeya-Bazana case

While any attempt to shed light on the double assassination in 2010 of human rights defenders Floribert Chebeya, Executive Director of the Voice of the Voiceless (VSV) and a member of OMCT General Assembly, and Fidèle Bazana  seems blocked in the DRC, the wife of a police officer who is accused and a witness of the crime survived an attempted abduction and assassination at Lumbumbashi. The Observatory for the Protection of Human rRghts Defenders urges the Congolese justice system to shed led on this attempt at intimidation, that aims to prevent the witnesses from speaking.

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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

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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Azerbaijan: Prominent human rights defender Leyla Yunus, IPD Director and a member of OMCT General Assembly, sentenced to three months pre-trial detention

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and acts of harassment of Ms. Leyla Yunus, Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) and a member of OMCT General Assembly, and her husband, Mr. Arif Yunusov, Head of the Conflictology Department of IPD.

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July 31, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan
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India: Harassment and intimidation of Mr. Mohar Ali Mondal, District Human Rights Monitor for MASUM in the village of Gobindapur

The Observatory has been informed by Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) about the harassment and intimidation of Mr. Mohar Ali Mondal, District Human Rights Monitor for MASUM in the village of Gobindapur, by officers of the Swarupnagar police station.

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July 30, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India
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Morocco: Minister accuses NGOs to respond to a foreign agenda and hamper the fight against terrorism

July 29, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco
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Annual Report 2013 of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

July 28, 2014  |  Reports and Publications
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Swaziland: Sentencing of Messrs. Thulani Rudolf Maseko and Bheki Makhubu to two years of prison

The Observatory has been informed about the court ruling that sentenced 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, considered as the sole independent newspaper of the country, to two years of prison without benefit of bail.

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July 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Swaziland
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Bangladesh: Odhikar's six months' human rights monitoring report on extra judicial killing, torture in custody and forced disappearance in Bangladesh

July 25, 2014  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh

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

Cameroon: Arbitrary detention, judicial harassment and ill-treatments against Mr. Franklin Mowha

The Observatory was informed by the Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (REDHAC) of the arbitrary detention, judicial harassment and ill-treatments inflicted on Mr. Franklin Mowha, President of Frontline Fighters for Citizens Interests (FFCI), a human rights organisation operating in the Western region of Cameroon.

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July 22, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon