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Cambodia:  Ny Chakrya’s unjust conviction must be overturned

The unjust conviction of prominent Cambodian human rights defender Ny Chakrya must be overturned, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) said today.

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September 23, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia
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Call For Nominations - 2017 - MARTIN ENNALS AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Deadline: 9 November 2016. Nominations can be submitted electronically at www.martinennalsaward.org

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September 23, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events
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Honduras:  Informe de Observación Judicial: Bajo Aguán, 4 años después: ¡25 defensores y campesinos absueltos pero el asesinato del abogado Trejo impune!

September 22, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Honduras
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Thailand:  Sentencing of Andy Hall to 4 years in prison

​The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing of Mr. Andy Hall, a migrant labour rights researcher. According to the information received, on September 20, 2016, the Bangkok South Criminal Court handed down a four-year sentence against Mr. Andy Hall and a fine of 200,000 Thai Baht (about 5,160 Euros), on “criminal defamation” and “computer crimes” charges. The court reduced the sentence to three years, with a two-year suspended term and a fine of about 150,000 Thai Baht (3,870 Euros).

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September 22, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Mexico:  HRDN Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders Campaign: Featured case: Damián Gallardo

Damián Gallardo Martínez, an Ayuuk indigenous human rights defender and teacher from Oaxaca state in Mexico, who has worked to defend the rights of indigenous communities and the right to education, has been arbitrarily detained since May 2013. His detention has been plagued with irregularities.

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September 21, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico
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Tunisia: Rapport des parties prenantes soumis à l'Examen Périodique Universel de la TUNISIE 3ème cycle MAI 2017

A l’issue du deuxième cycle de l’Examen Périodique Universel, la Tunisie a accepté une série de recommandations formulées par le Conseil des Droits de l’Homme. Ces recommandations se

rapportent essentiellement aux thématiques suivantes :

• Egalité et non-discrimination à l’égard de la femme et des minorités sexuelles.

• Droit à la vie et à la sécurité de la personne humaine : conditions de détention et torture.

• Indépendance de la magistrature, lutte contre l’impunité, justice transitionnelle et réformes

de la sécurité.

• Droits des enfants.

• Droits socio-économiques.


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September 22, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Tunisia

Economic, Social and Cultural Causes of the Death Penalty and Torture in Pakistan

September 13, 2016  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Internship at the Brussels Office of the OMCT

The intern will under the guidance of experienced staff at the OMCT implement a variety of diverse tasks on projects of both OMCT Europe and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, providing a unique and challenging opportunity of learning about concrete human rights advocacy at the global and European levels.

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September 6, 2016  |  Statements

Media outreach volunteer

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking a full- or part-time volunteer media outreach specialist for at least four months and up to a year to join its Geneva headquarters team as soon as possible.

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September 2, 2016  |  Statements

Internship Announcement: Child Rights Program

September 1, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Links

OMCT E-bulletin: 58th session of the Committee Against Torture - July/August 2016

The  e-bulletin on the 58th session of the Committee Against Torture, which took place from 25 July to 13 August 2016, is out. During this session, the Committee considered the State reports submitted by Kuwait, Honduras, Burundi, Mongolia. 

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August 18, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Volunteer Digital Content Specialist

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic professional with honed writing skills and marketing acumen to join our Communications Department, at the OMCT Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Our team will make you feel at home; we offer plenty of significant work and learning opportunities, and the corporate culture is international, collaborative and stimulating. Your primary objective will be to produce engaging and impactful content for OMCT's social-media campaign to raise funds and awareness about torture, #HumansAgainstTorture (www.joinhat.org). 

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August 16, 2016  |  Statements

Switzerland: Social media volunteer job description

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking a full- or part-time volunteer intern for at least four months and up to a year to join its Geneva headquarters team as soon as possible.

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August 15, 2016  |  Statements  |  Switzerland

UN asks Burundi to protect ethnic minorities from violence; stop reprisals on civil society

August 12, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Togo: Le CACIT et l'OMCT déplorent l'incapacité des jurisdictions nationales à rendre justice aux victimes de violations de droits humains

August 12, 2016  |   Assistance to victims, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Togo