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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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Cambodia:  Civil Society Groups Call for the Release of Tep Vanny

Phnom Penh, 14 August 2018 - Land activist and human rights defender Tep Vanny has been unjustly detained for two years, for defending the rights of the Boeung Kak Lake community and her fellow Cambodians. We, the undersigned civil society organisations and communities, condemn her ongoing imprisonment and call on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Tep Vanny, drop all dormant criminal charges and overturn any convictions against her, so that she may return to her family and community.

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August 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Saudi Arabia:  Arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of prominent women human rights defenders Samar Badawi and Nassima Al-Sadah

According to the information received, on July 30, 2018, security forces arrested Ms. Samar Badawi and Ms. Nassima Al-Sadah. No information is available about neither the circumstances nor the reasons of their arrests. The two human rights defenders are currently held in an unknown location and no information has been provided on their whereabouts and conditions of detention.

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August 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Bangladesh:  Arbitrary detention and torture of photographer Mr. Shahidul Alam

 The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary detention and torture of Mr. Shahidul Alam, photographer and founder of the Drik photo agency and of the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Mr. Shahidul Alam has been documenting the student protests over road safety, which have been ongoing in the country for more than a week and which have been violently repressed by the Government, with more than 100 students injured over the weekend.


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August 6, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Appel à la réouverture d'une enquête prompte, impartiale et indépendante sur les circonstances du décès de Luc Nkulula

August 6, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Togo:  Des membres de la LTDH menacés de poursuites judiciaires

August 6, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Togo

News on Torture


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Internship announcement - OMCT is recruiting an intern for its Committee against Torture related activities

July 31, 2018  |  Links

Guatemala: Convocatoria abierta - Apoyo para la redacción y publicación de un informe alternativo en el contexto del 7º examen periódico de Guatemala ante el CAT

La OMCT desea apoyar a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil guatemalteca en el proceso de elaboración, publicación y difusión de un informe alternativo (también denominado “informe alterno” o “informe sombra”) que proporcione información relevante y sistematizada al Comité contra la Tortura de la ONU en el contexto del 7º examen periódico de Guatemala durante su 65ª sesión en 2018. Se valorarán en particular aquellas iniciativas que incorporen los insumos y enfoques de una multiplicidad de agentes sociales. Consulte los términos de referencia en "Archivos adjuntos" para más información. 

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July 20, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Guatemala

Russian Federation: Joint alternative report on Russia's extraterritorial human rights obligations over Transnistria from OMCT and PROMO-LEX

July 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Russian Federation

Russian Federation: Joint alternative report on Russia from OMCT, the Russian NGO Committee against Torture and a number of journalists

July 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Russian Federation

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

Colombia: Colombia sigue teniendo una deuda pendiente con las víctimas de la tortura

26 de junio de 2018.- Hoy hace 21 años la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas proclamó el 26 de junio como el Día Internacional de Apoyo a las Víctimas de la Tortura. En Colombia, miles de personas han sufrido desde entonces sufrimiento físico o psicológico, intencionalmente infligido, con fines de discriminación, de persecución política, de sometimiento de la población carcelaria, de represión de la protesta o como mecanismo de control social. Hasta el momento, el Estado no ha ofrecido una respuesta satisfactoria frente a estos atentados contra la dignidad de las personas. 

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June 26, 2018  |  Statements  |  Colombia

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)