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:  Ley General contra la tortura en México: En la recta final para su adopción, el proyecto de ley contiene disposiciones problemáticas

January 25, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico

OMCT E-bulletin: 56th session of the Committee against Torture - November/December 2015

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) has the pleasure to issue its E-Bulletin on the 56th session of the Committee against Torture, which took place from 9 November to 9 December 2015.

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December 17, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Tunisia:  Three Years for Homosexuality: 6 Students Subjected to Anal Examinations

A Tunisian court sentenced six students accused of sodomy to three years in prison on December 10, 2015, 13 human rights organizations said today. The convictions contradict international law and are contrary to the rights to privacy and nondiscrimination under Tunisia’s 2014 constitution.

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December 16, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tunisia

OMCT showcases 10 torture activists ahead of Dec. 10 UN Human Rights Day, launching its 30th anniversary celebration

"10 Defenders, 10 December" Campaign - To commend the work of human rights defenders working on the ground to prevent torture, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is inviting you to join us in celebrating 10 human rights defenders ahead of the United Nations’ Human Rights Day, which will also kick off a year-long celebration for the OMCTs 30th anniversary.

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December 10, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Links

Gendering Documentation: A Manual for and about Women Human Rights Defenders

To mark International Women Human Rights Defender Day (29 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December), the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is introducing its new publication, “Gendering Documentation: A Manual For and About Women Human Rights Defenders”.

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December 3, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications

Tajikistan:  Clampdown on civil society - Preliminary findings of a fact-finding mission on the situation of human rights defenders and NGOs

“The Tajik authorities must put an end to the legal and administrative harassment of human rights defenders and NGOs in the country”, said the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint OMCT-FIDH programme), following a fact-finding mission to Tajikistan. The inability of lawyers to carry out their work freely and the draconian restrictions against civil society organisations, notably those receiving foreign funding, are two of the principal concerns of the Observatory.

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November 30, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tajikistan

Colombia:  Victims of torture in Colombia are yet to be recognised and repaired

November 18, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

European Union (EU):  HRDN Campaign Launch: Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders

The EU and its member states must give, at this crucial political moment, the highest possible priority and resources to enable space for human rights defenders and civil society even as other states work to close it down. As a community based on rule of law and shared values, the EU must stand at the forefront to act and speak out for human rights defenders who are silenced, attacked, harassed and put behind bars. The Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders campaign calls on the EU and its member states to address this issue vigorously and strategically at the highest political level, both inside and outside the EU.
http://www.stand4humanrightsdefenders.eu/
          #Stand4HRDS

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November 12, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU)
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Honduras: Alarming increase in killings and attacks against members of the organization Arcoiris

February 3, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras
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Thailand: Ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, a human rights lawyer with the organization Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), in connection with her work representing 14 activists of the Neo Democracy Movement (NDM).

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February 3, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Bangladesh: Immediately release Mahmudur Rahman, arbitrarily imprisoned since 2013

The authorities of Bangladesh should immediately release journalist Mahmudur Rahman, who completed 1,000 days in custody without trial on January 6, 2016 as part of the Government’s efforts to stifle critical voices in the country, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a OMCT-FIDH joint programme) and the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said today.

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February 3, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh
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Guatemala: Judicial harassment against Messrs. Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores, Ramón Cadena Rámila and Miguel Morth

February 2, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Angola: Continuing judicial harassment of 16 pro-democracy activists

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the continuing judicial harassment of 16 pro-democracy activists, namely Messrs. Henrique Luaty Beirão, Manuel Nito Alves, Nuno Alvaro Dala, Nelson Mendes Dos Santos, Alfonso Jojo Matias, Sedrick de Carvalho, Fernando António Tómas, Hitler Chiconda, Italiano Arante Kivuvu, Benedito Dali, Albano Bingobingo, José Gomes Hata and Inocénio De Brito, Ms. Rosa Kusso Conde, Ms. Laurinda Manuel Gouveia as well as Mr. Domingos da Cruz, journalist, and Mr. Osvaldo Correia Caholo, a reserve military officer acquainted to one of the 16

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February 1, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Angola

Internship announcement: Digital Content Specialist

January 29, 2016  |  Links

Morocco: Judicial harassment against Messrs. Maâti Monjib, Hisham Almiraat, Hicham Mansouri, Mohamed Essabr, Abdessamad Ait Aicha, Rachid Tarik and Ms. Maria Moukrim

January 28, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Congo, Democratic Republic: Ongoing arbitrary detention of nine protesters, including two members of the LUCHA movement

January 28, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic