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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Mexico:  Necesario reconocer las dimensiones reales de la tortura en México para instrumentar políticas públicas y erradicar esta terrible práctica

July 1, 2015  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico
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Saudi Arabia:  Joint Letter: Raif Badawi - Arbitrary Detention and Illegal Treatment

The sentence of lashing and imprisonment imposed on Raif Badawi violates Saudi Arabia’s international law obligations and must be rescinded. Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, the Law Society of England and Wales and the International Federation for Human Rights - FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture - OMCT - within the framework of their joint programme the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders call on the Government of Saudi Arabia and the international community to take effective action to ensure the immediate and unconditional release from prison of Raif Badawi and his protection from lashings.

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June 30, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Saudi Arabia
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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Les Prisons dans les Kivu : Arbitraire et atteintes aux droits humains - Publication du rapport d'étude OMCT/AEDH

June 26, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Press Release: UN Day for Victims of Torture: No more time for indifference on torture!

Geneva, Tunis, Brussels, 25 June 2015.
On the eve of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture the principal global civil society coalition against torture recalls the plight of thousands of victims of torture across the world. It is time for a new commitment to eradicate such practice once and for all.

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June 25, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Bahrain:  Publication of an International Mission Report: Imprisonment, torture and statelessness: The darkening reality of human rights defenders in Bahrain

Paris-Geneva, June 25, 2015. Human rights defenders in Bahrain are operating in a shrinking space, says the Observatory in a report published today. The report documents the judicial harassment of 11 human rights defenders including lawyers, teachers, doctors or bloggers. All have suffered or been threatened with imprisonment, torture or statelessness as a consequence of their activities in defense of human rights. It’s time for the Bahraini authorities to leave behind the empty rhetoric of human rights reforms at the international level and to actually undertake genuine and effective reforms in line with their international obligations and commitments”, OMCT Secretary General Gerald Staberock concluded.

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June 25, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bahrain

Azerbaijan:  Side Event at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE): "From the CoE Chairmanship to the European Games: A Year of Human Rights Violations in Azerbaijan"

Event at the June session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan, one year after President Ilham Aliyev came to Strasbourg and spoke at the Assembly.

When: Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 13:00–14:00

Where: Strasbourg, Room 5, Palais de l’Europe

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June 19, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events  |  Azerbaijan

29th Session Human Rights Council: Statement for interactive dialogue with SR on Peaceful Assembly and Association

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

29th session – June 17, 2015

Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the SR on Peaceful Assembly and Association

 Oral statement delivered by 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.

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June 18, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Angola, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda

Side Event at HRC29: Attacks and Reprisals against Defenders: Enhancing Accountability for Violations

Organizer: OMCT-FIDH (within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders) / OHCHR
Date and time: Tuesday 16 June 2015, 16:00-17:30, room XXII, Palais des Nations (Geneva)

·         Mr. Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

·         Mrs. Reine Alapini Gansou, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights

·         Mr. José de Jesus Orozco, Rapporteur on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

·         Ms. Katarzyna Jarosiewicz-Wargan, Head of Human Rights Department, OSCE/ODIHR

·         Ms. Christine Mardirossian, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, CoE

·         Mr. Michel Carrié, Salvatore Sagues, Direction de la paix, de la démocratie et des DH, OIF

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June 15, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events
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Thailand: Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against 14 student activists with the Neo Democracy Movement and threats and harassment against TLHR lawyer, Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri

The Observatory strongly condemns the judicial harassment against the 14 student activists as well as the threats and the harassment against Ms. Sirikan, which only aim at sanctioning their legitimate human rights activities.
The Observatory calls on the Thai authorities to drop all charges against the 14 student activists, put an end to the threats and harassment of Ms. Sirikan, and repeal NCPO Orders that fail to comply with human rights standards.

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July 2, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Mexico: Necesario reconocer las dimensiones reales de la tortura en México para instrumentar políticas públicas y erradicar esta terrible práctica

July 1, 2015  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico
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Mexico: Allanamiento y robo de las oficinas en la Ciudad de México del Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social, A.C. (Cencos)

July 1, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico
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Saudi Arabia: Joint Letter: Raif Badawi - Arbitrary Detention and Illegal Treatment

The sentence of lashing and imprisonment imposed on Raif Badawi violates Saudi Arabia’s international law obligations and must be rescinded. Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, the Law Society of England and Wales and the International Federation for Human Rights - FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture - OMCT - within the framework of their joint programme the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders call on the Government of Saudi Arabia and the international community to take effective action to ensure the immediate and unconditional release from prison of Raif Badawi and his protection from lashings.

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June 30, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Saudi Arabia
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Azerbaijan: Sport For Rights: Joint Statement: Meydan TV Director Emin Milli Threatened for Critical Reporting on European Games

On 26 June, Meydan TV Director Emin Milli reported that he had received a threat from the Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sport, Azad Rahimov, in connection with his critical reporting on the European Games, which concluded on 28 June in Baku.

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June 29, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan
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Angola: Arrest of fourteen members of the Revolutionary Movement and of Mr. Domingos da Cruz

The Observatory is greatly concerned by the arbitrary detention and allegations of ill-treatment targeting fourteen members of the Revolutionary Movement and Mr. Domingos da Cruz, which seem to merely aim at sanctioning their human rights activities and calls upon the authorities of Angola to immediately and unconditionally release all of them.
Allegations of physical and psychological torture as well as death threats targeting the activists have also been reported.

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June 29, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Angola
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Honduras: Asesinato del Sr. Héctor Orlando Martínez y desaparición del Sr. Donatilo Jiménez Euceda, miembros del Sindicato SITRAUNAH

June 26, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras
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Côte d'Ivoire: Communiqué de presse conjoint - Journée internationale de soutien aux victimes de la torture: « Pour une prise en charge spécifique des victimes de la torture parmi les victimes de guerre »

June 26, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Côte d'Ivoire