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Italy:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Domenico Lucano, human rights defender and Mayor of the village of Riace, Southern Italy

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Domenico Lucano (known as Mimmo), human rights defender and Mayor of the village of Riace, in Calabria, southern Italy, and the prohibition of residence for his partner, Ms. Tesfahun Lemlem. Mr. Domenico Lucano has been implementing local policies in favour of migrants and refugees’ socio-economic integration, which allowed around 600 newcomers to settle among the 2,000 inhabitants of his village. This model of integration had revitalised the village, source of emigration for the past decades, and prevented the closure of Riace’s local school. For this reason, Mr. Domenico Lucano has become internationally renowned and received several awards for his work in promotion of migrants and refugees’ human rights.

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October 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Italy
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Egypt:  Judicial harassment and restrictions to the freedom of movement against Mr. Khaled Ali

According to the information received, on October 4, 2018, Mr. Khaled Ali was informed through the media that a travel ban had been issued against him. This followed his return from Tunisia where he attended a conference on "Combating Corruption and its Impact on Democratic Transformation" organized by the Center for Support of Democratic Transformation and Human Rights (DAAM) on September 28, 2018. However, at the time of publication of this appeal, the travel ban has not been notified to Mr. Ali. 

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October 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Honduras:  Amenazas, señalamientos y actos de intimidación en contra de Hedme Castro, Coordinadora General de ACI PARTICIPA

October 12, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras
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Mexico:  Ataques en Chiapas: Intimidación y seguimiento contra el Centro de DDHH Digna Ochoa y amenazas contra el Padre Eleazar

October 12, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico
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Belarus:  Sentencing of the member of HR Centre "Viasna" Ms. Alena Masliukova and of environmental activist Mr. Anatoly Zmitrovich

The Observatory strongly condemns the sentencing of Ms. Alena Masliukova and Mr. Anatoly Zmitrovich which seems to be only aimed at sanctioning their peaceful human rights activities and calls on the authorities to quash this decision and drop all charges against them.

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October 12, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus
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Call for Participation - "Torture and Terrorism" Working Group

October 2, 2018  |  Events

The OMCT is launching today a call for participation for its new "Torture & Terrorism" Working Group

October 2, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

India: Excessive use of force / arbitrary detention of peaceful protesters in Manipur

September 28, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Mexico: El avance en la investigación del caso Ayotzinapa requiere cambios estructurales urgentes en México

Ginebra, 26 de septiembre de 2018 – A cuatro años de los eventos que culminaron en la desaparición de 43 estudiantes de la escuela rural “Raúl Isidro Burgos” de Ayotzinapa, el asesinato de seis personas y decenas de víctimas heridas en Iguala (Guerrero), la verdad y la justicia se ven entorpecidas por la falta de avance en la implementación de un modelo de justicia garante de los derechos humanos.

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September 26, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico

India: Historic Supreme Court Case on Extrajudicial Killings in Manipur Must be Complied with and Implemented

September 26, 2018  |  Statements  |  India

Malaysia: Towards a Malaysian Ratification of the Convention against Torture

September 25, 2018  |  Statements  |  Malaysia

Vacancy Announcement

September 25, 2018  |   Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns  |  Links

Colombia: HRC39: Declaración oral conjunta de la OMCT y CCJ en la adopción del EPU

Los importantes avances en la implementación del Acuerdo de Paz llaman a Colombia a priorizar las recomendaciones del EPU relacionadas con este tema y a los países que las formularon a hacer un seguimiento cuidadoso. Sin embargo, la continuación de la violencia en varias regiones del país y contra diversas poblaciones hace urgente la incorporación de todas las recomendaciones que hoy se adoptan como pautas para el próximo Plan Nacional de Desarrollo. También es clave que Colombia continúe el proceso de construcción de un Plan Nacional de Acción en Derechos Humanos.

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September 20, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Greece: Open Letter: Systematic police violence and illegal deportation of asylum seekers in Evros

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the leading global network of civil society organisations against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the world, is writing to you to express its grave concern and to call upon your intervention in response to the following situation in Evros region.

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September 20, 2018  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

HRC39: Intervención oral de la OMCT en el diálogo sobre pueblos indígenas

Sra. Relatora, como se refiere en su informe temático, América Latina lidera tristemente los índices de muertes y agresiones de personas pertenecientes a pueblos indígenas que defienden el territorio. Los habitantes de esta región se ven afectados por alarmantes niveles de violencia, generada por una desigualdad e impunidad endémicas, y agravada por una nueva oleada de militarización.  

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September 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements