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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Colombia:  Asesinato del líder indígena Gerson Acosta Salazar

April 21, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Ay?e Dicle, Co-Chair of MEYA-DER

According to the information received, on March 9, 2017, as she was visiting one of her relatives at the maternity hospital in Diyarbakır, Ms. Ayşe Dicle was arrested by police officers and taken to Diyarbakır Provincial Security Directorate Anti-Terror Bureau.

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April 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

United Arab Emirates:  Joint Statement: Free prominent rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, held on speech-related charges

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates should immediately release Ahmed Mansoor, an award-winning human rights defender who is facing charges that violate his right to freedom of expression, dozens of human rights organisations said today, one month after his arrest.

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

China:  Continued incommunicado detention of Mr. Li Ming-Che

According to the information received, one month after his arrest on March 19, 2017, the whereabouts of Mr. Li Ming-Che remain unknown. Neither his family nor a lawyer have been granted access to him. Additionally, on April 10, 2017, Mr. Li Ming-Che’s wife, Ms. Lee Ching-yu, attempted to fly to Beijing to seek information about her husband's detention but she was prevented from boarding her flight to the Chinese capital after Chinese authorities revoked her travel pass.

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April 19, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Colombia:  Varios ataques contra integrantes del Congreso de los Pueblos

April 14, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

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Joint Letter to Ms. Mogherini and Mr. Tusk regarding extension of Turkey’s state of emergency in a context of grave human rights violations

EuroMed Rights, European Federation of Journalists, Front Line Defenders, Index on Censorship and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) are deeply concerned by the Turkish government’s decision to extend the state of emergency in Turkey by a further three months. The decision has been approved by the Turkish parliament and published in the Official Gazette. 

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April 20, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Turkey

Azerbaijan: Open Letter: Call for an external, independent, and impartial investigation into allegations of corruption and other violations of PACE's code of conduct in connection with its work on Azerbaijan

April 20, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Bahrain: Time to Address Systematic Torture - Open Letter to the CAT

April 20, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Pakistan: NGO joint alternative report denounces ongoing torture in Pakistan ahead of UN review

Ahead of today’s review by the United Nations torture watchdog today, a new civil-society report denounces that Pakistan must do much more to ensure that children, women and prisoners are free from torture.

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April 18, 2017  |  Statements  |  Pakistan

Child Rights Program internship

April 11, 2017  |   Rights of the Child  |  Links

Internship announcement: Events Coordination and Individual Giving

April 11, 2017  |  Links

Venezuela: Seria preocupación por seguridad e integridad personal de los Sres. García Bustillos y Salcedo Acevedo

El Secretariado Internacional de la OMCT ha recibido con grave preocupación informaciones de la Red de Apoyo por la Justicia y la Paz, organización miembro de la Red SOS-Tortura de la OMCT, sobre la desaparición forzada de los Sres. Jorge Eliezer García Bustillos y Jerlis Arley Salcedo Acevedo, a manos del Ejército Bolivariano, en hechos ocurridos en el municipio Rómulo Gallegos, Alto Apure, estado Apure. La OMCT teme que estas personas sufran malos tratos o que hayan sido víctimas de ejecución extrajudicial, hasta la fecha actual se desconoce su paradero.

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April 8, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

European Union (EU): REPORT: EU-NGO Human Rights Forum: United Against All Forms of Torture

This report aims to capture the discussions and outline the recommendations from the 2016 EU-NGO Human Rights Forum entitled ‘United against all forms of torture: Applying a cross- cutting perspective to prevent, prohibit and redress torture globally’, co-organised by HRDN and the EEAS. Human rights defenders (HRDs) and activists from over 40 countries testified to the realities of torture and ill-treatment and discusses policy approaches and possible ways to effectively combat torture. The recommendations are directed to the EU, its Member states, third countries and civil society.

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April 3, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  European Union (EU)

Joint NGO submission regarding the Revised General Comment no. 1 (2017) on the non-refoulement prohibition

31-03-2017.- OMCT, along with 8 other international NGOs (The Alkarama Foundation, Amnesty International, the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture, the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT), the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and the Redress Trust (REDRESS)) submitted comments to the Committee against Torture (CAT) for its consideration in the framework of the process which will lead to the adoption of a revised General Comment No. 1 on the implementation of Article 3. In the joint submission textual changes on the preliminary draft published by CAT on 2 February 2017 are suggested with a view to strengthening and clarifying guidance provided to States parties for the effective implementation of the prohibition of refoulement under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. 

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April 3, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Bangladesh: Human Rights Committee Concluding observations on the initial country report

The Committee at its 119th session (6 - 29 March 2017) considered the initial report of Bangladesh (CCPR/C/BGD/1) at its 3339th and 3340th meetings (see CCPR/C/SR.3339 and 3340). At its 3363rd meeting, held on 22 March 2017, it adopted the present concluding observations.                  

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March 29, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh