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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Cambodia:  Sentencing of land rights defenders Ms. Tep Vanny, Ms. Bo Chhorvy and Ms. Kong Chantha

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing of land rights defenders and Boeung Kak Lake community representatives Ms. Tep Vanny, Ms. Bo Chhorvy and Ms. Kong Chantha, in relation to a peaceful protest they attended in 2011.

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December 12, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Safeguarding civil society participation in the Helsinki process - a matter of the OSCE’s raison d’être

We, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), believe that restricting civil society participation in the work of the OSCE would be a tremendous setback for the Helsinki process and a betrayal of the spirit and founding values of this unique peace advancement initiative.

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December 11, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements

Human Rights Day: Our turn to make noise for human rights defenders

Human rights defenders (HRDs) put their lives at stake to defend our rights in court, on paper, on the street, before the powerful or behind closed doors. Today, on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, OMCT celebrates, thanks them and makes noise around their plight and achievements to ensure their greater protection.

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December 11, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements

Singapore:  Judicial harassment against Mr. Jolovan Wham and eight other peaceful demonstrators

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment against Mr. Jolovan Wham, social worker, human rights advocate, and former Executive Director of the NGO Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), and eight other activists for the exercise of their right to peaceful assembly.


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December 8, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Mexico:  6 años de desaparición forzada de Eva Alarcón y Marcial Bautista, 6 años de inacción de las autoridades mexicanas

December 7, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

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Lao People's Democ. Rep.: 9 NGOs call for the repeal of Decree on Associations No. 238 of 2017

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia), ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), The Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR-Centre) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) express deep alarm about the issuing and coming into force of the Decree on Associations (No. 238 of 2017) (‘the Decree’) in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). 

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December 13, 2017  |  Statements  |  Lao People's Democ. Rep.

​Statement following the Danish Chairmanship’s High-Level Expert Conference in Kokkedal, Denmark

December 11, 2017  |  Statements

Honduras: La OMCT y la PI condenan el empleo de fuerza y armas de fuego contra la población civil, las detenciones arbitrarias y la privación de libertad en instalaciones militares

December 5, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Honduras

Mexico: Mexican Congress Should Reject Law that Would Normalize Role of Armed Forces in Public Security Tasks

In recent days, the Mexican Congress has rushed discussions about the Law on Internal Security (Ley de Seguridad Interior, LSI) that would normalize the participation of Mexico’s armed forces in public security tasks. In the media and in public spaces, legislators from various political parties have insisted on the law’s approval. Despite documented concerns from civil society organizations, and against the opinion of human rights and security experts, Mexico’s Congress plans to debate the law on Thursday, November 30.

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November 30, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Egypt: Joint open letter to the UN High-Commissioner on Human Rights on Egypt: Call for action to condemn the Egyptian authorities’ crackdown on freedom of expression

Given the extreme gravity of these human rights abuses, we urge you to publicly and strongly condemn these violations of the rights to freedom of opinion, expression, association and peaceful assembly, as well as the attacks on the liberty and integrity of Egyptian citizens. We kindly request that you call upon the authorities to put an end to these violations and establish the necessary prevention and accountability mechanisms to avoid their repetition. 

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November 24, 2017  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Bangladesh: Enforced Disappearance / Fear for the safety: Dr. Mubashar Hasan

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The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in Bangladesh. 

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November 13, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Italy: Submission to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) concerning Italy

November 8, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Italy

Panel discussion: Can the media help promote human rights and fight torture in Russia and elsewhere?

November 1, 2017  |  Events

India: ​ Indian expert body joins States and civil society in asking torture Convention ratification

India’s highest legal expert body joined many other voices urging the world’s largest democracy to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture without further ado. 

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November 1, 2017  |  Statements  |  India

Burundi: Families of victims and their lawyers keep their trust in international justice

October 30, 2017  |  Statements  |  Burundi