Let’s stand together against torture: Join #HumansAgainstTorture

Torture can hit anyone, anywhere – women, men and children. It causes pain that will never go away. Governments have the means to stop torture but fail to use them. The onus therefore is on each and everyone of us to demand that torture stops. [Read more …]

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Chile:   Actos de hostigamiento en contra de la abogada y defensora de derechos humanos Sra. Karina Riquelme

July 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Niger:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire de MM. Sadat Illiya Dan Malam, Yahaya Badamassi, Ibrahim Diori , Maikoul Zodi, Ali Idrissa Moussa Tchangari, Nouhou Mahamadou Arzika, Me. Lirwana Abdourahmane, M. Karim Tanko, et de M. Abdourahamane Idé Has

July 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Tajikistan:  Sentencing of journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov to 12 years in high-security penal colony

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary detention and sentencing of Mr. Khayrullo Mirsaidov, a journalist covering issues related to human rights, the environment and national minorities. Prior to his arrest he had reported about the corruption of local authorities in Tajikistan.

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July 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tajikistan

Burundi:  Déjà un an détention pour Germain Rukuki, incarcéré pour ses activités de défense des droits humains

July 13, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Hungary:  Hungarian authorities to criminalise humanitarian assistance to migrants

These laws are ‘a never before seen’ in Europe since the laws of Nuremberg. It is a direct attack on the very idea of the rule of law and humanity in Europe. Let’s be clear: this is not about a private feud against George SorosIt is about some of the most basic principles of human rights, namely providing assistance to people in need and defending their rights. This is outright illegal and must be a wake-up call for all those in Europe including Germany, Poland, or Austria looking the Hungarian Government as soul partners”, said OMCT Secretary General Gerald Staberock.


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July 10, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hungary

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Bangladesh: Odhikar Human Rights Monitoring Report January-June 2018

July 2, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: No torture survivor should be sent back to torture

OMCT and its partners Action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture (ACAT), Organisation suisse d’aide aux réfugiés (OSAR), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and many others including NGO Platform Human Rights, believe that Switzerland must make sure torture survivors are protected both from being retraumatized while interrogated in an inconsiderate fashion and from being pushed back home to more violence. That is part of States’ non-refoulement legal obligation.

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June 26, 2018  |  Statements

Bangladesh: Torture prevails due to deeply rooted culture of impunity

June 26, 2018  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh

Honduras: Comunicado de fin de misión: La tortura, una realidad oculta que urge abordar

Ginebra – Ciudad de Guatemala, 25 de junio de 2018.- Una delegación internacional compuesta por expertos internacionales e integrantes de organizaciones de derechos humanos que provienen de Argentina, Guatemala y Suiza[1] ha visitado Honduras entre 18 y el 22 de junio de 2018 para verificar la situación de la tortura en el país y las medidas adoptadas por parte de las instituciones del Estado para erradicarla y garantizar el acceso a la justicia y reparación de las víctimas.

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June 25, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Honduras

European Union (EU): Joint open letter to the authorities: EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

We are writing to you in advance of the European Council on 28 and 29 June. As you are aware, the EU’s external actions should be based on its values as set out in Article 21 of the Lisbon Treaty and which have led to a number of international commitments on development, humanitarian assistance, peacebuilding, gender equality, rule of law, and human rights and democracy. We hope that you will find time during your upcoming discussions on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) to reflect on these commitments, including the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Agenda for Humanity, the Global Strategy for the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy, and the European Consensus on Development.

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June 22, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU)

Honduras: Misión internacional analiza esta semana la respuesta de las instituciones hondureñas ante prácticas constitutivas de tortura o malos tratos

Desde hoy lunes, 18 de junio, hasta el viernes, 22 de junio de 2018, una delegación compuesta por expertos internacionales visita Honduras para conocer la situación de la tortura en el país y las medidas adoptadas por parte de las instituciones del Estado para erradicarla y garantizar el acceso a la justicia y reparación de las víctimas.   

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June 19, 2018  |  Statements  |  Honduras

Azerbaijan: Civil society call on PACE to appoint a Rapporteur to examine the issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

​​Representatives of 42 international and national non-governmental organizations issue the appeal to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to request the appointment of a Rapporteur to examine the situation of political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

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June 13, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Afghanistan: Open call Afghanistan - ToR organisation of CAT roundtable and follow-up shadow report

June 13, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Afghanistan

Nicaragua: Declaración Pública: La OMCT condena rotundamente y hace un llamado al cese inmediato del uso de fuerza letal contra manifestantes pacíficos

La Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) deplora que en el día de ayer las autoridades nicaragüenses volvieran a incumplir sus obligaciones internacionales haciendo un uso excesivo de la fuerza durante la marcha pacífica en respaldo a las “Madres de Abril”, que dejó más de una decena de muertos y decenas de heridos. 

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May 31, 2018  |  Statements  |  Nicaragua

Open letter to the Mayor of Greater Manchester on Ahmed Mansoor's street naming and release


Dear Mayor Burnham,

The undersigned organisations are writing to you to request your support for the release of the award-winning Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, sentenced this week to ten years in prison for his human rights activism. We believe that this will be facilitated by raising awareness of his case by naming a street after him in Manchester.

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May 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions