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Chile:  Publicación de Nota de Misión de Observación Judicial: Proceso con irregularidades graves debe impedir condena de Defensora Machi Francisca Linconao y comuneros mapuches

October 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Chile

Uganda:  Administrative harassment faced by several NGOs

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the administrative harassment faced by several NGOs that have challenged a constitutional amendment to lift presidential age limit to allow President Yoweri Museveni, 73, to run for another term in 2021.

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October 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Prix Martine Anstett : Appel à candidatures

October 19, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events

Turkey:  Indictment on terrorism charges of 11 human rights defenders

October 17, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Sentencing of environmental rights defender Mr. Khaing Myo Htun to 18 months in prison

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing of environmental rights defender Mr. Khaing Myo Htun, co-founder of the NGO Natural Resources for the People, board member of the Arakan Natural Resources and Environmental Network, member of the advocacy group Arakan Oil Watch, and Deputy Spokesperson for the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), at the end of a repeatedly delayed trial in Sittwe, Rakhine State.

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October 16, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

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Cambodia: Request to reconvene the Paris Conference on Cambodia, in light of the Cambodian government’s dismantling of democracy

October 23, 2017  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Burundi: Burundi-CPI : Les conséquences juridiques de l’ouverture de l’enquête après le 27 Octobre 2017

October 19, 2017  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Uzbekistan: Arbitrary detention of journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, at risk of torture

The International Secretariat of the OMCT has been informed by reliable sources of the arbitrary arrest and detention of prominent independent journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, on what appear to be politically motivated charges. OMCT is extremely concerned for his safety, amid growing fears that he might be at risk of being tortured.

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October 13, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uzbekistan

Colombia: Urgentes garantías de seguridad e investigación ante nuevas amenazas paramilitares

October 13, 2017  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Spain: OMCT condemns indiscriminate and excessive use of force in Catalonia

October 4, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Spain

Tunisia: Tunisia can reset the pace for fighting torture in the region and beyond

October 4, 2017  |  Statements  |  Tunisia

Uruguay: Informe de visitas de monitoreo en centros de detención adolescente en Uruguay

You may read the ILESUR report in Spanish here.

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October 3, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Rights of the Child  |  Reports and Publications  |  Uruguay

Colombia: OIDHACO welcomes temporary bilateral ceasefire between Colombian government and ELN

October 2, 2017  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Selection criteria for membership of the United Nations Committee Against Torture

October 2, 2017  |  Statements

Burundi: Declaration du Collectif des avocats des parties civiles "Justice for Burundi"

October 1, 2017  |  Statements  |  Burundi