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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Crossing Cultures - 6 September 2014 - Geneva

Saturday 6 September 2014, the CAGI and its partners invite you to a multicultural day at la Pastorale in collaboration with some sixty local and international associations.

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August 27, 2014  |  Events
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India:  Arbitrary re-arrest of Ms. Irom Sharmila Chanu

 The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary re-arrest of Ms. Irom Sharmila Chanu, a human rights defender who has been on hunger strike since November 2, 2000, in protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that has engendered many acts of police violence in the State of Manipur.

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August 27, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India
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Togo:  Committee Against Torture: contribution to the List of Issues Prior to the submission of the periodic report of Togo

Together with the Fédération Internationale de l’Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture (FIACAT), the Collectif des Associations Contre l'Impunité au Togo (CACIT) and ACAT Togo, OMCT submitted a report to the CAT for the development of the List of Issues Prior to Reporting in respect of Togo’s periodic report.

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August 25, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Togo

Egypt:  EU’s Commitment to Human Rights in Egypt Rings Hollow

One year after the military’s deadly onslaught on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which left hundreds dead and thousands injured, accountability remains elusive.

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August 14, 2014  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Azerbaijan:  Open Letter to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers about the increasing repression against civil society and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan

August 8, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Brazil:  Death threats against Mr. Davi Kopenawa, shaman and internationally renowned Spokesman for the Yanomami tribe in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about death threats against Mr. Davi Kopenawa, shaman and internationally renowned Spokesman for the Yanomami tribe in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest and Chairman of the indigenous rights organisation Yanomami Association Hutukara, following his successful campaign against gold miners, who are now facing eviction from Yanomami territory.

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August 6, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

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

July 28, 2014  |  Reports and Publications

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
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Crossing Cultures - 6 September 2014 - Geneva

Saturday 6 September 2014, the CAGI and its partners invite you to a multicultural day at la Pastorale in collaboration with some sixty local and international associations.

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August 27, 2014  |  Events
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China: Ill treatment, arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Wu Zeheng

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest, judicial harassment and ill-treatment of Mr. Wu Zeheng, a prominent Buddhist leader, also known as Buddhist Zen Master Shi Xingwu, known for his commitment towards greater respect of human rights and the rule of law principles, and for his fight against corruption.

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August 27, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China
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Thailand: Joint statement on the Judicial Harassment of Leading Human Rights Defender, Ms. Pornpen Khongkachonkiet

We, the undersigned civil society groups, are gravely concerned about the criminal legal action taken for defamation and libel against the Cross Cultural Foundation, headed by Ms. Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, by the Army’s Task Force 41.

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August 27, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Viet Nam: Three human rights defenders sentenced to jail

​(Joint press release) The arbitrary imprisonment of three human rights defenders on trumped-up charges makes a mockery of Vietnam’s human rights commitments and obligations, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint programme of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture - OMCT) together with the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) said today.

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August 27, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam
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India: Arbitrary re-arrest of Ms. Irom Sharmila Chanu

 The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary re-arrest of Ms. Irom Sharmila Chanu, a human rights defender who has been on hunger strike since November 2, 2000, in protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that has engendered many acts of police violence in the State of Manipur.

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August 27, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India
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Colombia: Harassment and threats to leaders of the CPDH

August 26, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia
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Viet Nam: Drop trumped-up charges against human rights defenders Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh

(Joint press release) The harassment, arbitrary arrest, and unjust prosecution of Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, and Nguyen Van Minh follow an all-too-familiar script that illustrates Viet Nam’s failure to comply with its international human rights obligations.

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August 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam
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Togo: Committee Against Torture: contribution to the List of Issues Prior to the submission of the periodic report of Togo

Together with the Fédération Internationale de l’Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture (FIACAT), the Collectif des Associations Contre l'Impunité au Togo (CACIT) and ACAT Togo, OMCT submitted a report to the CAT for the development of the List of Issues Prior to Reporting in respect of Togo’s periodic report.

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August 25, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Togo