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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Egypt:  Ongoing judicial harassment and restrictions to freedom of association against more than 37 human rights defenders and organisations

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment and restrictions to freedom of association faced by at least 37 Egyptian human rights defenders and organisations, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), two member organisations of FIDH, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), the Hisham Mubarak Law Center (HMLC), the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary, Nazra for Feminist Studies, as well as the Legal Profession (ACIJLP) and the Land Center for Human Rights (LCHR), two member organisations of OMCT.

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May 30, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Angola:  José Marcos Mavungo acquitted and released!

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) welcomes the acquittal and subsequent release of Mr. José Marcos Mavungo, former member of “Mpalabanda”, a civic group banned in 2006 after producing reports highlighting human rights abuses by security forces in oil-rich but poverty-racked Cabinda province.

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May 27, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Angola
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Bangladesh:  Further acts of administrative and judicial harassment against Odhikar and its Secretary, Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan

The Observatory has been informed with great concern about further acts of administrative and judicial harassment against the human rights non-governmental organisation Odhikar and its Secretary, Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, in a further attempt to sanction and silence their human rights activities.

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May 27, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh
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Azerbaijan:  Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova free at last!

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint FIDH-OMCT partnership) welcomes today's release on probation of prominent investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, following a decision of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan to commute the remainder of her 7.5-year jail sentence to a three-year conditional sentence.

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May 25, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan
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Uganda:  Burglary of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF)

The Observatory has been informed about the burglary of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) as well as the killing of a security guard. HRAPF is a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to promote respect and observance of human rights of marginalised groups through advocacy, research, documentation, legal support and litigation.

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May 25, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda
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Moldova, Republic of: Ill-treatment and denial of adequate medical care for Mr. Oleksandr Lypovchenko

The OMCT is gravely concerned about the critical health condition of Mr. Oleksandr Lypovchenko and the vital threat that represents the constant denial of adequate medical care, and calls on the de facto Transnistrian authorities to urgently guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Oleksandr Lypovchenko and immediately transfer him to specialized institutions where he can receive adequate medical care and treatment.

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May 30, 2016  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Moldova, Republic of
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Internship announcement

May 27, 2016  |  Statements
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Open Letter to ECOSOC regarding the Committee on NGOs

May 24, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions

OMCT E-bulletin 57th session

During its 57th session that took place from 18 April to 13 May 2016, the UNCAT considered the reports submitted by France, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Turkey and Israel. In accordance with Article 19 of the Convention, State parties must every four years submit a report to the CAT on measures taken to implement the Convention.

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May 23, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Venezuela: Declaration of State of Emergency: Sweeping powers can open floodgates to human rights abuse

The decree was enacted on May 13, 2016, by the President Nicolás Maduro, to address the ”extraordinary circumstances” of social, economic, political, natural and ecological order that seriously affect the national economy. Pursuant to article 227 of the Venezuelan Constitution, under States of Exception rights can be temporarily restricted except the right to life, the prohibition of incommunicado detention and torture, due process and the right to information.

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May 20, 2016  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Venezuela

UN body concerned over Israel’s abuse of Palestinian children

The UN Committee Against Torture expressed concern on Friday at allegations of Israel’s excessive use of force, including lethal force, against Palestinians and its ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian detainees.

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May 18, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Israel, Palestinian Territory Occupied

Philippines: United Nations experts express concern over torture of children in secret detention facilities and lowering age of criminal responsibility

The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) urged the Philippines to immediately close all “secret places” of detention where people, including children, are routinely subject to torture. It also called for the age of criminal responsibility to be kept at 15 years of age, urging the Government to drop a bill aimed at lowering it.

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May 18, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Philippines

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

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

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