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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Honduras:  Attacks and criminalisation: defenders caught between a rock and a hard place - Preliminary findings of international fact-finding mission

The murder of Berta Caceres is emblematic of the high levels of violence faced by human rights defenders in Honduras. Moreover, other structural problems such as the misuse of criminal law against human rights defenders, the impunity for attacks against them, the absence of effective protective measures and the increasing militarisation, make Honduras one of the most difficult countries in the region for the defence of human rights, according to the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OMCT-FIDH).

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May 3, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras
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Thailand:  The judicial harassment against 11 activists continues

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Anon Nampa, Mr. Sirawit Seritiwat, Ms. Kornkanok Kanta, Mr. Kititach Suman, Mr. Wisarut Anupoonkarn and Mr. Wijit Hanhaboon, six of the 11 activists[1] arrested on December 7, 2015

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May 3, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Cambodia:  Civil Society Condemns Charging of Human Rights Defenders

We, the undersigned human rights and other civil society organisations, condemn in the strongest terms the politically-motivated charging of six human rights defenders from a Cambodian human rights group, the country’s National Election Committee (NEC) and the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR). The targeting of these individuals, five of whom were sent to pre-trial detention today, is the latest escalation in a far-reaching government assault on civil society ahead of upcoming local and national elections, and is a clear reprisal for support provided by rights workers in a politically-sensitive case.

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May 2, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia
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Kyrgyzstan:  Azimjan Askarov Case: Kyrgyzstan should uphold, not undermine the international human rights framework

The Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan should order the provisional release of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov, pending the review of his case following the UN Human Rights Committee's request to release him and quash his life-sentence conviction.

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April 29, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan
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Syrian Arab Republic:  Joint appeal to help free Syrian human rights defender Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues on her birthday

On 29 April, human rights groups worldwide are marking the birthday of Syrian human rights defender Razan Zaitouneh, who will be spending it in captivity for the third time along with her three colleagues, her husband Wael Hamada, Samira Khalil and Nazem Hamadi. Join the call to help free the four human rights defenders, who were abducted in December 2013, and send messages of solidarity.

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April 29, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic
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Burundi: Rapport sur les violations graves des droits de l'Homme observées au Burundi

L'Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture (OMCT) est heureuse de partager le Rapport Trimestriel rédigé par la Campagne SOS-Torture/Burundi, une initiative des défenseurs de droits de l'Homme burundais qui continuent, même si en exile, à faire le monitorage et à reporter les graves violations des droits de l'Homme commises au Burundi, qui est financée par l'OMCT.

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May 3, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Burundi
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Israel: NGO report to UN experts says still no prosecution of torturers in Israel; blames « necessity defence » provision

Israel continues to use torture and not to prosecute offenders in the name of “necessity defence”, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) denounced in a report published ahead of the United Nations’ review of the State’s application of the Convention Against Torture.

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May 2, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Israel
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Israel: Alternative Report on Torture and Ill-Treatment of Palestinian Children

Joint alternative report to the CAT on torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli Military Detentions

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May 2, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Reports and Publications  |  Israel
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Philippines: Joint Alternative report on the Philippines to the Committee Against Torture

This report presents an analysis of the situation of children in conflict with the law (CICL) on the Philippines, focusing particularly on cases of torture and ill-treatment in Manila Metro Area and Mindanao.

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April 28, 2016  |  Reports and Publications  |  Philippines
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Tunisia: Open letter to Tunisians: No to Terrorism, yes to human rights

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OMCT, Human Rights Watch and a coalition of NGOs demand that while an adequate response is needed in response to the recent terrorist attacks, it must not be at the cost of human-rights setbacks.

Human Rights defenders raise the alarm that the Tunisian authorities are treading a dangerous path in the name of striking back against terrorists.

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April 28, 2016  |  Statements  |  Tunisia

Azerbaijan: Sport For Rights: Letters to Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias & Chris Brown ahead of their peformance at the Formula One European Grand Prix in Baku

Sport for Rights Campaign sent three letters to Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias and Chris Brown ahead of their peformance at the Formula One European Grand Prix in Baku.

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April 21, 2016  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Israel: Joint Alternative Report to the Committee against Torture

The OMCT in collaboration with the Defence for Children International-Palestine submitted a joint alternative report to the UN Committee against Torture to inform its review of the fifth periodic report of Israel at the 57th Session. 

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April 20, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Israel

Tunisia: Submission of Joint Alternative Report to the UN Committee against Torture

April 19, 2016.- L' OMCT and 12 Tunisian partner organisations* have submitted an alternative report to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) in the framework of the review of the Third Periodic Report on Tunisia which will take place on 20th and 21st April 2016 in Geneva.

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April 19, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Tunisia

Bangladesh: Senior journalist Shafik Rehman detained as Government repression of journalists grows

The Bangladesh Government’s attempts to silence free speech continue. Several senior journalists and writers are facing trumped up charges and arbitrary detention for having published stories that are critical of the authorities. Mr. Shafik Rehman, an 81-year-old author, anti-death penalty campaigner, TV presenter, and journalist, has become the latest victim of this systematic abuse of the judicial system to repress freedom of expression in Bangladesh.

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April 19, 2016  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh

Joint Alternative Report on Israel to the Committee against Torture

Joint alternative report on Israel to the Committee Against Torture

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April 13, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Rights of the Child  |  Reports and Publications  |  Israel, Palestinian Territory Occupied