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Sudan:  Open letter on the crackdown on peaceful protests by Sudanese government forces

14 February 2018

Honourable Commissioners,

We, the undersigned Sudanese, African and international organisations, write to you in your capacities as Special Procedure mandate holders to draw your attention to the worrying developments concerning the excessive use of force by Sudanese authorities to disperse peaceful protests across Sudan. We urge you to call on the Government of Sudan to respect the peoples’ rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression as guaranteed in international standards and UN treaties ratified by Sudan and refrain from using excessive force to disperse protests.

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February 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Sudan

Criminalización de cuatro personas defensoras del derecho a la salud en Chiapas y detención arbitraria de una de ellas.

February 15, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Anguilla, Mexico

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Libération de MM. Mbuya, Tshibitshabu, Mbuya Kwecha et Mulenda et poursuite du harclèment judiciaire à leur encontre

February 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Burundi:  Nouvelles accusations à l’encontre de Germain Rukuki, irrégularités de procédure et poursuite de sa détention arbitraire.

February 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Bahrain:  On 7th anniversary of beginning of popular movement, NGOs call for end to systematic targeting of human rights defenders and journalists

On the 7th anniversary of the peaceful popular movement of the Bahraini people which started on 14 February 2011, the undersigned NGOs call on the international community to help free human rights defenders in Bahrain, some of whom are jailed for life, and to stop the persecution of journalists simply for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

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February 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

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Tunisia: OMCT introduces the 2017 annual report of its "SANAD" direct assistance programme.

February 15, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

Joint NGO Response to the Draft Copenhagen Declaration on the European Convention on Human Rights system

February 14, 2018  |  Statements

Honduras: Open letter to the European Union and its Member States on the worrying human rights situation in Honduras during the post-electoral period.

European networks and international human rights organizations express their deep concern over the disproportionate and sometimes fatal use of force employed by security forces of the state against protesters, as well as other attacks on human rights defenders in the context of the post-election crisis in Honduras. We call on the European Union to condemn these incidents, to publicly support the defenders, and to request the Honduran State ensure that international human rights obligations are fully respected.

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February 7, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Anti-torture coalition fights threats to human rights with new global initiative

T​o halt populism’s overturning of human rights protections, the world’s largest anti-torture network today rallied partners on three continents to launch joint efforts to boost compliance with international standards, bring more cases to justice, and find ways to better protect those most vulnerable to abuse.

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), in coordination with three key partners in Asia, Africa and Latin America, is spearheading the 1.8-million-CHF project dubbed “Civil Society United Against Torture” to run activities in 40 countries over three years until 2020. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the European Union are supporting the project.

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February 6, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Bangladesh: Open letter on Digital Media Security Bill

We are concerned that in the current political climate in Bangladesh, which is narrowing avenues for free debate and legitimate democratic dissent in the country, the Bangladesh Digital Security Bill 2018, likely to be introduced in the current session of Parliament, fails to protect the right of the media, civil society and members of the general public to freely express their opinions on policies and actions of decision makers.

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February 5, 2018  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh

Sudan: Escalating government crackdown on protesters sparks greater safety concerns

Ahead of a new protest scheduled tomorrow, Sudanese organizations denounce the Government’s escalating crackdown on civil society in a bid to quash civil unrest and remain in power.


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January 30, 2018  |  Statements  |  Sudan

Peru: Concerns over the irregular humanitarian pardon granted by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to Alberto Fujimori

The Plataforma Europa Peru (PEP), the EU-LAT Network (ex CIFCA and Grupo Sur), of which OMCT is a member, and CIDSE would like to express their deepest concern to the European Union over the human rights situation in Peru, after the pardon granted to former president Alberto Fujimori, who had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for grave human rights violations. The three civil society networks ask the European Union and Member States to express their deepest concern to the situation and ask the Peruvian State to guarantee the right of the victims and/or their families to truth, justice and reparation, as well as guarantee the effective implementation of international human rights norms and judicial sentences given to the Peruvian State by national and international juridical mechanisms. 

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January 29, 2018  |  Statements  |  Peru

Internship announcement: OMCT Convention Against Torture Programme

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the largest international coalition of nongovernmental organisations fighting against torture, summary executions, forced disappearances and all other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, is currently seeking to recruit an INTERN for its Committee against Torture related activities.

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January 29, 2018  |  Links

Honduras: Estado hondureño continúa la violación de derechos humanos, denuncian organizaciones internacionales

January 25, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Internship announcement: OMCT SOS-Torture Network Programme

January 24, 2018  |  Links