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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Colombia:  United Nations Committee against Torture reaffirms its concern for torture in Colombia

The conclusions and recommendations by the CAT, the body in charge of monitoring the implementation by State parties of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, reflect the recurring use of torture and ill-treatment in the country, and the lack of investigation of these crimes.

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May 22, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Confirmation of Erwin Sperisen’s conviction: a victory for the fight against impunity

Geneva’s justice system condemned yesterday Erwin Sperisen for 10 murders. The former Guatemalan Chief of Police was found guilty of extrajudicial murders and sentenced to  life imprisonment. For the NGOs that denounced his actions, justice has now been done and this case will stand as an example in the continuing fight against impunity for State crimes.

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May 13, 2015  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Guatemala, Switzerland

Azerbaijan:  Brussels #RealBaku2015 day of Action: Protest in Place Luxembourg and hearing at the European Parliament

Day of action on Azerbaijan at Brussels including:
- Protest to draw attention to the human rights conditions in Azerbaijan and demand the release of jailed journalists and human rights defenders before the European Games in Baku. LOCATION: Place Luxembourg, Bruxelles.
- Conference at European Parliament.

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May 8, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events  |  Azerbaijan

Guatemala:  Erwin Sperisen’s trial on appeal to be held from 4 to 8 May 2015 in Geneva: NGOs hope that the fight against impunity will come out strengthened

May 1, 2015. The retrial of Erwin Sperisen will be held from 4 to 8 May 2015 in Geneva. His lawyers had appealed against the life sentence for seven murders handed down on 6 June 2014. For the NGOs that reported Erwin Sperisen to the Swiss authorities, this trial is the opportunity to shed light again on the tragic acts that the former Chief of the Guatemalan Police is alleged to have committed. 

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May 1, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Guatemala

United Nations to prioritize responsibility over sexual violence of children of international troops over prosecution of those informing prosecutors

May 1, 2015  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements

Colombia:  Torture in Colombia: an ignored reality

April 30, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Macedonia:  Joint Shadow Report to the Committee against Torture

April 27, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Macedonia

Uruguay:  OMCT high-level mission calls for swift implementation of CAT recommendations

At the conclusion of a high level mission in Uruguay the OMCT calls for the new government to prioritize juvenile justice reforms to prevent torture. 

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April 27, 2015  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Uruguay
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Bahrain: Conditional release of Mr. Hussain Jawad

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the conditional release of Mr. Hussain Jawad, Chairman of the European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR).

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May 22, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Colombia: United Nations Committee against Torture reaffirms its concern for torture in Colombia

The conclusions and recommendations by the CAT, the body in charge of monitoring the implementation by State parties of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, reflect the recurring use of torture and ill-treatment in the country, and the lack of investigation of these crimes.

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May 22, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia
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Kyrgyzstan: Press Release: The Human Rights Committee of the Kyrgyz Parliament decides not to give its opinion on the highly controversial "foreign agents" law

Paris-Geneva, May 21, 2015. 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), expresses its deep preoccupation following the decision of the Human Rights Committee of the Kyrgyz Parliament not to comment on the "foreign agents" bill, paving the way for its forthcoming adoption in second reading in the Parliament. If adopted in three readings, the bill would severely restrict the freedom of association of human rights defenders, contravening the Kyrgyz Constitution and international human rights instruments.

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May 21, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Kyrgyzstan
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Cambodia: Open Letter: Draft law on civil society in Cambodia

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint OMCT-FIDH programme) writes to you with regards to the draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) that you announced on April 1, and that is expected to be introduced in the Cambodia’s National Assembly later this month.

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May 21, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Cambodia
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Kyrgyzstan: Assault against participants to an anti-homophobia event organised by Labris

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about an assault against participants to an event organised by Labris, a local NGO advocating for the respect of the rights of the LGBTI community in Kyrgyzstan.

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May 21, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan
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Egypt: Ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Azza Soliman

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Azza Soliman, human rights lawyer and founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women Legal Aid (CEWLA).

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May 21, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Niger: Arrest and detention of Mr. Moussa Tchangari

May 20, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger
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Russian Federation: The Observatory deplores the adoption of the bill on “undesirable foreign organisations”

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders is deeply alarmed by the adoption of the bill on “undesirable foreign and international organisations” in third reading of the Russian Parliament on May 19, 2015. The bill criminalizes work for foreign non-profit organisations that “threaten the constitutional order, security of the State or its defence capacity”.

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May 20, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Russian Federation