World Organisation Against Torture

Created in 1985, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of international non-governmental organisations (NGO) fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. With 311 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network and many tens of thousands correspondents in every country, OMCT is the most important network of non-governmental organisations working for the protection and the promotion of human rights in the world. [Read more …]

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OMCT and SOS Torture network call on all humans to honour torture victims & take action

June 27, 2016  |   Assistance to victims, Human Rights Defenders, Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Statements

Interview with Noémie Kocher, OMCT Ambassador

June 27, 2016  |   Assistance to victims, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders, Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Events

Mexico:  Good news! Favorable judgment for human rights defender and indigenous leader Ildefonso Zamora

June 24, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Joint Statement: Civil society faces existential threat

In recent months, civil society in Egypt has faced unprecedented attacks by the authorities, who are attempting to crush them. Many people working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been detained and ill-treated, charged with offences under the draconian Counter-terrorism law, or subject to a judicial request to ban them from travel and freeze their assets. The undersigned 11 international non-governmental organizations urge the Egyptian authorities to end such attacks against human rights defenders and uphold their obligations under international and Egyptian law, and to respect the right of human rights defenders, individually and in association with others, to work for the protection and realization of human rights.

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June 22, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Bahrain:  Continued arbitrary detention and judicial harassment faced by Nabeel Rajab

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the continued arbitrary detention and judicial harassment faced by Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and FIDH Deputy Secretary General.

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June 22, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

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Spain: Torture should stop being a taboo

June 23, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

Eritrea: UN HRC 32: Addressing human rights violations in Eritrea and the UN Commission of Inquiry’s findings

We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs), write to express our grave concern about the Eritrean Government’s continued and egregious violations of human rights. We urge your delegation to co-sponsor a resolution renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea and supporting the establishment of robust accountability mechanisms to facilitate access to justice to the victims of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Eritrea during the 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC). 

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June 20, 2016  |  Statements  |  Eritrea

Mexico: Effective follow-up mechanism and investigation into torture allegations priority objectives in Ayotzinapa case

June 8, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Moldova, Republic of: Ill-treatment and denial of adequate medical care for Mr. Oleksandr Lypovchenko

The OMCT is gravely concerned about the critical health condition of Mr. Oleksandr Lypovchenko and the vital threat that represents the constant denial of adequate medical care, and calls on the de facto Transnistrian authorities to urgently guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Oleksandr Lypovchenko and immediately transfer him to specialized institutions where he can receive adequate medical care and treatment.

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May 30, 2016  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Moldova, Republic of

Internship announcement

May 27, 2016  |  Statements

Open Letter to ECOSOC regarding the Committee on NGOs

May 24, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions

OMCT E-bulletin 57th session

During its 57th session that took place from 18 April to 13 May 2016, the UNCAT considered the reports submitted by France, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Turkey and Israel. In accordance with Article 19 of the Convention, State parties must every four years submit a report to the CAT on measures taken to implement the Convention.

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May 23, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Venezuela: Declaration of State of Emergency: Sweeping powers can open floodgates to human rights abuse

The decree was enacted on May 13, 2016, by the President Nicolás Maduro, to address the ”extraordinary circumstances” of social, economic, political, natural and ecological order that seriously affect the national economy. Pursuant to article 227 of the Venezuelan Constitution, under States of Exception rights can be temporarily restricted except the right to life, the prohibition of incommunicado detention and torture, due process and the right to information.

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May 20, 2016  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Venezuela

UN body concerned over Israel’s abuse of Palestinian children

The UN Committee Against Torture expressed concern on Friday at allegations of Israel’s excessive use of force, including lethal force, against Palestinians and its ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian detainees.

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May 18, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Israel, Palestinian Territory Occupied

Philippines: United Nations experts express concern over torture of children in secret detention facilities and lowering age of criminal responsibility

The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) urged the Philippines to immediately close all “secret places” of detention where people, including children, are routinely subject to torture. It also called for the age of criminal responsibility to be kept at 15 years of age, urging the Government to drop a bill aimed at lowering it.

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May 18, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Philippines