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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20 years on from the adoption of the UN Declaration on Defenders: The protection of human rights defenders is non-negotiable

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, the universal and regional protection mechanisms call on the international community to renew its commitment to support and protect human rights defenders.

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December 18, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements
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Brazil:  Joint Press Release: Alarming increase in the number of attacks against land rights defenders

December 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil
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Bahrain:  Open letter to Bahraini authorities: Drop all charges and release Nabeel Rajab

December 16, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Cameroon:  Libération de M. Michel Biem Tong, journaliste et défenseur des droits humains

December 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon
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Nicaragua:  Comunicado de prensa: OEA debe tomar medidas urgentes frente a la oleada represiva contra la sociedad civil

December 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua
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Human Rights Day: A call to action - No implementation of human rights in the Universal Human Rights Declaration without human rights defenders

December 10, 2018  |  Statements

Honduras: Convocatoria abierta para apoyar a organizaciones en acciones dirigidas a implementación de las recomendaciones CAT

December 7, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Honduras

Consultancy: Baseline studies on CAT implementation – 15 countries

December 7, 2018  |  Links

December 6, 2018  |  Events  |  Switzerland, Tunisia

European Union (EU): Open Letter from NGOs in support of a targeted, global EU human rights sanctions regime

The OMCT, in partnership with 89 human rights and anti-corruption organizations from around the world, today called on the European Union (EU) to establish a targeted, global sanctions program to hold individuals and entities accountable for serious human rights violations. The call came in a joint letter to EU member states’ ministers of foreign affairs in advance of the December 10 meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council, where the issue is to be discussed. December 10 also marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nation’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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December 6, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU)

CONCEPT NOTE - Thematic briefing: Protecting women from violence through the UN Convention Against Torture

December 5, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Statements

Joint Statement: NGOs express their concern for the lives of death row prisoners after actions taken at risk of imminent execution by Saudi government

November 27, 2018  |  Statements

Peru: Comunicado conjunto: La CNDDHH y la OMCT reclaman el final de los Estados de Emergencia en el corredor minero

November 27, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Peru

Spain: Open Letter: End the arbitrary pre-trial detention of social leader Mr. Jordi Cuixart

The OMCT condemns the ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Jordi Cuixart and Mr. Jordi Sánchez, which constitutes a disproportionate restriction on his fundamental rights to free expression, peaceful assembly and personal liberty. The OMCT further considers that the charges against them are unfounded and must therefore be dropped.

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November 22, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

Afghanistan: Joint follow-up report on Afghanistan from OMCT, CSHRN et al.

November 21, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Afghanistan