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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Mexico:  Asesinato de tres integrantes de Comité de Defensa de los pueblos Indígenas (CODEDI) y el intento del miembro fundador Abraham Ramírez Vásquez

February 21, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Bahrain:  Joint Press Release: The price for speaking out: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweeting in Bahrain

Today in Bahrain, prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, BCHR President and FIDH Deputy Secretary General, was sentenced to 5 years in prison under trumped-up charges in relation to tweets denouncing the torture against detainees at Jaw prison and exposing the killing of civilians in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition. This surrealistic verdict, after a trial that was by itself a mockery of justice, illustrates once again the current crackdown of any dissenting voice in Bahrain, where scores of critics are currently jailed. The Observatory (FIDH-OMCT) and BCHR reiterate their call to the Bahraini authorities to immediately release him as well as all detained human rights defenders.

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February 21, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Thailand:  Judicial harassment of seven defenders for their involvement in a peaceful demonstration

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Mr. Sirawit Seritiwat, Ms. Nattha Mahatthana, Ms. Chonticha Jaengrew, Mr. Rangsiman Rome, Mr. Karn Phongpraphan, Mr. Sukrit Piansuwan, and human rights lawyer Mr. Anon Nampa for their involvement in a peaceful demonstration held on February 10, 2018 in Bangkok.

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February 20, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Guatemala:  Intento de asesinato de la Fiscal de Derechos Humanos Sonia Montes

February 19, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Hungary:  Civil society under attack in Hungary

We call on Hungarian lawmakers to withdraw or reject the proposed laws as they are in clear violation of Hungary’s obligations under regional and international human rights law. EU leaders must also take concrete action to stop this assault on civil society in Hungary.

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February 19, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hungary

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The FIFDH reveals the sixteenth edition program

From March 9th to 18th, 2018, the 16th edition of the International Film Festival Forum on Human Rights highlights Geneva, the city of fundamental human rights and peace. While the main session of the Human Rights Council is being held at the UN, the FIFDH brings together artists, activists, researchers and innovators from around the world with the general public in 57 locations in Greater Geneva, Lausanne, Renens, Orbe, Bienne, Neuchâtel, Sion, Oron and the Vallée de Joux.

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February 20, 2018  |  Events

European Union (EU): Joint Open Letter to EU Authorities RE: Multiannual Financial Framework 2021

Joint Open Letter by the Brussels-based networks HRDN, of which OMCT is a member organisation, CONCORD, EPLO and VOICE in advance of your informal meeting on Friday 23 February and the ministerial conference on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) on Friday 9 March.

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February 20, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU)

Joint Public Statement: No more “business as usual”: Scale of ongoing Myanmar human rights crisis demands an urgent, strong and unified EU response

Our organisations strongly urge the EU and its member states to respond in a way that is proportionate to the massive scale and serious nature of the violations being committed, and send an unequivocal message to the Myanmar authorities – both civilian and military – that ongoing violations and impunity will not be tolerated.

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February 19, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Tunisia: OMCT introduces the 2017 annual report of its "SANAD" direct assistance programme.

February 15, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

Joint NGO Response to the Draft Copenhagen Declaration on the European Convention on Human Rights system

February 14, 2018  |  Statements

Honduras: Open letter to the European Union and its Member States on the worrying human rights situation in Honduras during the post-electoral period.

European networks and international human rights organizations express their deep concern over the disproportionate and sometimes fatal use of force employed by security forces of the state against protesters, as well as other attacks on human rights defenders in the context of the post-election crisis in Honduras. We call on the European Union to condemn these incidents, to publicly support the defenders, and to request the Honduran State ensure that international human rights obligations are fully respected.

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February 7, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Anti-torture coalition fights threats to human rights with new global initiative

T​o halt populism’s overturning of human rights protections, the world’s largest anti-torture network today rallied partners on three continents to launch joint efforts to boost compliance with international standards, bring more cases to justice, and find ways to better protect those most vulnerable to abuse.

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), in coordination with three key partners in Asia, Africa and Latin America, is spearheading the 1.8-million-CHF project dubbed “Civil Society United Against Torture” to run activities in 40 countries over three years until 2020. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the European Union are supporting the project.

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February 6, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Bangladesh: Open letter on Digital Media Security Bill

We are concerned that in the current political climate in Bangladesh, which is narrowing avenues for free debate and legitimate democratic dissent in the country, the Bangladesh Digital Security Bill 2018, likely to be introduced in the current session of Parliament, fails to protect the right of the media, civil society and members of the general public to freely express their opinions on policies and actions of decision makers.

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February 5, 2018  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh

Sudan: Escalating government crackdown on protesters sparks greater safety concerns

Ahead of a new protest scheduled tomorrow, Sudanese organizations denounce the Government’s escalating crackdown on civil society in a bid to quash civil unrest and remain in power.


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January 30, 2018  |  Statements  |  Sudan

Peru: Concerns over the irregular humanitarian pardon granted by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to Alberto Fujimori

The Plataforma Europa Peru (PEP), the EU-LAT Network (ex CIFCA and Grupo Sur), of which OMCT is a member, and CIDSE would like to express their deepest concern to the European Union over the human rights situation in Peru, after the pardon granted to former president Alberto Fujimori, who had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for grave human rights violations. The three civil society networks ask the European Union and Member States to express their deepest concern to the situation and ask the Peruvian State to guarantee the right of the victims and/or their families to truth, justice and reparation, as well as guarantee the effective implementation of international human rights norms and judicial sentences given to the Peruvian State by national and international juridical mechanisms. 

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January 29, 2018  |  Statements  |  Peru