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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Invitation to a side event on land and environment defenders at the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights

« Improving protection and ensuring participation of Land and Environment Defenders in all business initiatives and discussions »

3 December 2014, Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 8.00-9.30

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November 28, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events
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Launch of the “10 Days of Activism against Torture and Ill-Treatment” Campaign - 1 to 10 December 2014


The OMCT, the principal global civil society coalition against torture, is launching its Campaign “10 days of Activism against Torture and Ill-Treatment” for the third year in a row.

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November 28, 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!

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

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
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Invitation to a side event on land and environment defenders at the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights

« Improving protection and ensuring participation of Land and Environment Defenders in all business initiatives and discussions »

3 December 2014, Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 8.00-9.30

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November 28, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events
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Azerbaijan: Briefing note: Summer 2014: Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders and Activists in Azerbaijan

Summer 2014 in Azerbaijan was characterised by a harsh crackdown on civil society, NGOs, human rights defenders and journalists. Prominent and internationally recognised human rights defenders that in August 2014 joined other political prisoners in Azerbaijan include: Ms. Leyla Yunus, Director of the Institute of Peace and Democracy (IPD) and a member of OMCT General Assembly, Mr. Arif Yunus, Head of the Conflictology Department of IPD, Mr. Intigam Aliyev, a human rights lawyer, Head of the Legal Education Society, and Mr. Rasul Jafarov, an active participant in "Sing for Democracy" and "Art for Democracy". This note gives an overview of the most recent developments in Azerbaijan. It is followed by a compilation of cases most closely monitored by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT), which presents more details.

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November 28, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan
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Burundi: Threats against the Forum pour la Conscience et le Développement (FO.CO.DE) and its president Mr. Pacifique Nininahazwe

November 28, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi
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Launch of the “10 Days of Activism against Torture and Ill-Treatment” Campaign - 1 to 10 December 2014


The OMCT, the principal global civil society coalition against torture, is launching its Campaign “10 days of Activism against Torture and Ill-Treatment” for the third year in a row.

read more ...

November 28, 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!

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.

read more ...

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