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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Azerbaijan:  Extreme concern about Ms. Leyla Yunus’ deteriorating health. The international community must react before it is too late!

Geneva-Paris, November 27, 2014 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an OMCT-FIDH joint programme, is extremely concerned by recent information on Ms. Leyla Yunus’ deteriorating health, which poses a serious threat to her life. The Observatory calls on the international community to strongly react in order to save her life.

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November 27, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan
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India:  Arbitrary arrest, judicial harassment and ill treatment against Mr. Ajimuddin Sarkar and imminent risk of detention of Mr. Kirity Roy, members of MASUM

The Observatory is greatly concerned by the arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of Mr. Sarkar, as well as by the imminent risk of arrest against Mr. Roy, which seem merely aimed at sanctioning Mr. Sarkar’s and MASUM’s human rights activities in the Murshidabad district and calls for an independent and impartial investigation as well as for the involvement of the investigation wing of the National Human Rights Commission.

The Observatory calls for  Mr. Sarkar's immediate and unconditional release, and is further concerned for his physical and psychological integrity, in particular in light of the injuries he sustained as well as the inadequate health care he has received.

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November 26, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India
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Togo:  OMCT, CACIT and ACAT-Togo assess the level of implementation of the recommendations formulated by the UN Committee Against Torture

November 25, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Togo
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Reflexions on the 30th anniversary of the Convention against Torture, Brussels

The European Commission and the European External Action service, and in collaboration with civil society organisations will mark the 30 years anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture with a dedicated event in Brussels. The event will take place at 15:15 on December 3, 2014 at the Square conference centre.

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November 25, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Events
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The OMCT celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Today the World celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The most widely ratified human rights treaty in the World is a milestone for the empowerment of children and promotion of their rights.

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November 21, 2014  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements

Revision of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy: NGO recommendations for EU anti-torture policy

We are writing to you with regard to the forthcoming revision of the European Union (EU) Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy. As organisations working against torture and ill treatment, we welcome the opportunity to share with you our key concerns around the EU and member states’ responses, and to put forward recommendations for the new Action Plan below.

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November 19, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Guatemala:  OMCT concludes follow-up mission

November 18, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Guatemala

Press release - “Inter-mechanisms 5.1”: enhanced cooperation will lead to better protection of human rights defenders

On November 12 and 13, 2014, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Forst met with representatives of regional human rights defenders' mechanisms, in the framework of the first part of the fifth “inter-mechanisms” meeting. Enhancing cooperation between the UN mechanism and its regional counterparts was defined as a priority by the UN Special Rapporteur in his first report to the UN General Assembly in October 2014.

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November 14, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements
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Azerbaijan: Extreme concern about Ms. Leyla Yunus’ deteriorating health. The international community must react before it is too late!

Geneva-Paris, November 27, 2014 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an OMCT-FIDH joint programme, is extremely concerned by recent information on Ms. Leyla Yunus’ deteriorating health, which poses a serious threat to her life. The Observatory calls on the international community to strongly react in order to save her life.

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November 27, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan
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India: Arbitrary arrest, judicial harassment and ill treatment against Mr. Ajimuddin Sarkar and imminent risk of detention of Mr. Kirity Roy, members of MASUM

The Observatory is greatly concerned by the arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of Mr. Sarkar, as well as by the imminent risk of arrest against Mr. Roy, which seem merely aimed at sanctioning Mr. Sarkar’s and MASUM’s human rights activities in the Murshidabad district and calls for an independent and impartial investigation as well as for the involvement of the investigation wing of the National Human Rights Commission.

The Observatory calls for  Mr. Sarkar's immediate and unconditional release, and is further concerned for his physical and psychological integrity, in particular in light of the injuries he sustained as well as the inadequate health care he has received.

read more ...

November 26, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India
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Togo: OMCT, CACIT and ACAT-Togo assess the level of implementation of the recommendations formulated by the UN Committee Against Torture

November 25, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Togo
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Tajikistan: ​Joint Statement: Drop draft legislation restricting NGO access to funding

We, a coalition of civil society organizations, are alarmed about the recent initiative of Tajikistan’s government to regulate and restrict access of NGOs to financial assistance from foreign and international sources. Draft legislation to this end, which is currently under consideration by the government, runs counter to international standards protecting the right to freedom of association and risks endangering the work of NGOs in the country. We call on Tajikistan’s government to drop this draft legislation and to respect the right of NGOs to have unhindered access to funding for their work, including from sources abroad.

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November 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Tajikistan
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Rwanda: Release of Mr. Evariste Nsabayezu and ongoing detention of Mr. Daniel Uwimana, both of them members of LIPRODHOR

November 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Rwanda
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Reflexions on the 30th anniversary of the Convention against Torture, Brussels

The European Commission and the European External Action service, and in collaboration with civil society organisations will mark the 30 years anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture with a dedicated event in Brussels. The event will take place at 15:15 on December 3, 2014 at the Square conference centre.

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November 25, 2014  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Events
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10 Days of Activism against torture and ill-treatment

November 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events
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Cambodia: Groundless charges against Venerable Loun Sovath need to be dropped

November 22, 2014 – We, the above 16 endorsing non-governmental organizations, urge the Cambodian authorities to drop the charges against renowned human rights defender Venerable Luon Sovath. He is facing trial on 25 November 2014 in a flawed and protracted judicial process that clearly aims to silence him. Venerable Sovath is internationally known as the "multi-media monk," and his efforts to voice the human rights abuses against vulnerable communities and human rights defenders in Cambodia have been recognized globally.

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November 24, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Cambodia