Let’s stand together against torture: Join #HumansAgainstTorture

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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Bahrain:  After 282 days of arbitrary detention, human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s trial postponed once again

On March 22, 2017, Manama’s Fifth High Criminal Court postponed again Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s trial in the Twitter case, in clear contempt of international human rights standards. His arbitrary detention and judicial harassment are only meant to silence one of Bahrain’s most vocal human rights defenders, say ANHRI, Front Line Defenders, GCHR and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT).

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March 23, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Malaysia:  Sentencing of Ms. Lena Hendry for screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing of Ms. Lena Hendry, Programme Coordinator of the human rights NGO Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS), to a fine of MYR 10,000 (about EUR 2,130) for screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war four years ago.

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March 23, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia

Djibouti:  Arrest and arbitrary detention of human rights defender Omar Ali Ewado

March 21, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti

United Arab Emirates:  Arrest and detention in a secret location of Mr. Ahmed Mansoor

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arrest and detention in a secret location of Mr. Ahmed Mansoor,
member of the Advisory Board of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and 2015 Laureate of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

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March 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Honduras:  Joint Statement: International Organisations stand in solidarity with women human rights defender Suyapa Martinez

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March 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

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HRC 34 - Joint statement of OMCT and the Colombian Coalition Against Torture (CCCT)

March 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia, Honduras

Brasil is denounced at the IACHR for violence and overcrowding in the socio-educative system.

March 22, 2017  |  Statements

Syrian Arab Republic: Silent War, sur le viol des femmes syriennes, primé par l’OMCT au FIFDH 2017

March 20, 2017  |   Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Togo: Déclaration conjoint de l’OMCT et CACIT sur l’adoption des recommandations finales de l’Examen Périodique Universel au Togo, 34ème Conseil des droits de l’Homme, 16 mars 2017

March 16, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Togo

Venezuela: Declaración conjunta de la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) y COFAVIC en el marco del EPU Venezuela

We are very concerned about the rising militarization and state of exception in the name of #Venezuela's security, which are leading to a pattern of serious human rights violations.

That is in substance what our own Human Rights Adviser Helena Solà said this morning in a joint oral statement on Venezuela's situation before the UN Human Rights Council, expressing concern for arbitrary dententions, extrajudicial killings and cruel treatment in the country.

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March 16, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Venezuela

Mexico: Llamado a la adopción pronta de una Ley General Contra la Tortura que cumpla con los estándares internacionales

March 9, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Burundi: Joint Letter to the UN Security Council Members

We, the undersigned international and Burundian nongovernmental organizations, write to urge the UN Security Council to impose targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for ongoing serious human rights violations in Burundi. Such measures, including travel bans and asset freezes, would send an important message to Burundian leaders who have faced little consequence for continuing to perpetrate gross abuses against their own people.

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March 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Statement to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment

March 2, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh, Mexico, Turkey

Bangladesh: Joint NGO Alternative Report on Bangladesh to the United Nations Human Rights Committee 119th Session to be held 6-29 March 2017

The human rights situation in Bangladesh is far from being satisfactory. With over one third of girls married by the age of 15, Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage of girls under the age of 15 in the world. Both dowry practice and gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, remain deeply rooted in Bangladeshi society and continue to result in the abuse and death of women each year without adequate protection by State authorities. From May 2013 to December 2016, Odhikar documented 727 cases of alleged extra-judicial killings by law enforcement agency; 232 persons were forcibly

disappeared after having allegedly been picked up. Despite repeated pledges by the government, numerous murders of bloggers and activists have been systematically ignored.

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February 24, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh

European Union (EU): EU Agency for Fundamental Rights February 2017 report: Current migration situation in the EU: Torture, trauma and its possible impact on drug use

The prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is a cornerstone of the international and European human rights protection regimes. Nevertheless, a significant number of migrants and asylum applicants experience or witness physical and psychological violence, inhuman or degrading treatment, or are victims of other violent crimes. Most of these cases involve their countries of origin, but incidents do also occur both in transit countries and in the European Union (EU). These experiences can trigger or intensify trauma and undermine mental health.

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February 24, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  European Union (EU)