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Honduras:  Amenazas y hostigamiento contra Miriam Miranda y otros 3 integrantes de la Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH)

January 17, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras
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Thailand:  Arbitrary detention of pro-democracy activist Mr. Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (aka Pai)

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of student and pro-democracy activist Mr. Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (aka Pai), a member of the Dao Din group and the New Democracy Movement (NDM).

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January 17, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Saudi Arabia:  Secret detention of Messrs. Waleed Imam and Algasim Mohamed Sidahmed

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arrest and detention of Messrs. Waleed Imam and Algasim Mohamed Sidahmed, two Sudanese social media activists residing in Saudi Arabia, where they continue advocating for the respect of human rights in Sudan. 

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January 17, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia
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Russian Federation:  Threats against Caucasian Knot Editor by Chechnya's Parliament Speaker Must Be Investigated

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT partnership, together with the Anti-Discrimination Centre (ADC) “Memorial”, strongly denounce the threats made by the Speaker of the Chechen Parliament Magomed Daudov via Instagram against the team of the independent news portal Caucasian Knot, including Grigorii Shvedov, human rights journalist and Editor-in-chief. 

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January 13, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation
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Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment of members of the Esu Youths Development Association (EYDA)

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment of members of the Esu Youths Development Association (EYDA)[1], namely Messrs. Abue Philip Kpwe, Cyprian Azong, Bernard Fuh and Divine Biame. The four are part of a group of leaders opposing land-grabbing undertaken on the land of the Esu community (North-West Cameroon) by Mr. Baba Ahmadou Danpullo[2], a billionaire businessman, cattle rancher, tea plantation owner and a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) party.

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January 13, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon
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The Child Justice Advocacy Group calls on the government of the Philippines to reject proposals to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility

Civil society organizations call on the Senate and Government of the Philippines to refrain from adopting reforms to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to nine.

This reform would be an abdication of the Philippines’ commitment under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and would not be an effective way of addressing crime committed by children. The

Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on States to progressively raise the age of criminal responsibility, and has made it clear that a minimum age of criminal responsibility of nine is not internationally acceptable. 

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January 17, 2017  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements
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Volunteering opportunity: Social Media Specialist

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking a full- or part-time volunteer for at least four months and up to a year to join its Geneva headquarters team as soon as possible.

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January 13, 2017  |  Links
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Volunteering opportunity: Digital Content Specialist

Want to make a difference by putting your skills in the service of human rights? We need you!
This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic professional with honed filming/editing skills and marketing acumen to join our Communications Department, at the OMCT Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Our team will make you feel at home; we offer plenty of significant work and learning opportunities, and the corporate culture is international, collaborative and stimulating.

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January 13, 2017  |  Links
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Azerbaijan: Rights Groups Demand Justice for journalist Mehman Huseynov Tortured in Azerbaijan

The undersigned organisations strongly condemn the abduction and torture of Azerbaijani journalist Mehman Huseynov and call on Azerbaijan’s authorities to immediately investigate the case and to hold those responsible accountable. Moreover, Huseynov’s conviction should be overturned and the travel ban against him lifted. We further call upon the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all journalists, bloggers and activists currently imprisoned in Azerbaijan solely for exercising the right to freedom of expression.

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January 13, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan
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Internship Announcement: Project Development and Institutional Giving

January 11, 2017  |  Links

Bangladesh: Odhikar Annual Human Rights Report 2016



Annual Human Rights Report 2016 of Odhikar, a prominent human rights organisation in Bangladesh, and a member of OMCT SOS-Torture Network.

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January 2, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh

Congo, Democratic Republic: Unrest, arrests and killings in DR Congo: Stop EU support for Congolese police

Brussels, 22 December 2016 - After days of political turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the European Union (EU) must take stronger and more concrete action by stopping its financial support for the police sector, the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) declared today.

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December 22, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

OMCT E-bulletin: 59th session of the Committee Against Torture - November/December 2016

The  E-bulletin on the 59th session of the Committee Against Torture, which took place from 7 November to 7 December 2016, is out. During this session, the Committee considered the State reports submitted by Ecuador, Finland, Monaco, Sri Lanka, Namibia, Turkmenistan and Armenia. It also reviewed Cape Verde even though the State had not submitted its initial report, which was already due in 1993. It is available in English and will shortly be published in French, Spanish and Arabic.

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December 19, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Colombia: Oidhaco welcomes the progress made towards peace and expresses its deep concern at the risk situation faced by Colombian civil society in this new phase in peacebuilding

This wave of attacks coincides with a highly sensitive moment in the peace process and demonstrates the absence of guarantees of security and protection for these people to carry out their legitimate work for peace. The common thread that links the people who were targeted in these attacks is their involvement in the peace process through rural grassroots movements, campesino (rural farming) associations, land restitution projects and peace education, among other activities. These people, their families and communities live under a real and constant threat of becoming the target of future attacks, attempts on their lives and murders.

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December 12, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Congo, Democratic Republic: EU/US: Sanction Senior DR Congo Officials Urgent Action Needed to Deter Large-Scale Violence, Repression

(Kinshasa, December 9, 2016) – The European Union and United States should expand targeted sanctions against those most responsible for recent violent repression and other serious human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a coalition of 72 Congolese and 15 international human rights organizations said today.

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December 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic