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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Uruguay:  Open Letter to the president against the constitutional change that could allow children to be judged as adults

October 24, 2014  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Uruguay

Azerbaijan:  Press Release: Alarm over safety of leading human rights defender Leyla Yunus following transfer to Prison of the Ministry of National Security

Geneva-Paris, October 23, 2014 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an OMCT-FIDH joint programme, is alarmed by the recent decision of transferring Ms. Leyla Yunus, member of the OMCT General Assembly, to the Investigative Prison of the Ministry of National Security. The decision comes as the date marks 6 months since the start of an ongoing and increasing harassment of Leyla Yunus.

On October 18, the Azeri authorities decided to transfer Ms. 
Leyla Yunus to the Investigative Prison of the Ministry of National Security, where her husband Mr. Arif Yunusov has been detained since August 5. The Investigative Prison is the only remaining prison which is not subordinated to the Ministry of Justice.

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October 23, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Call for nominations: The 2015 Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders (MEA)

The Award is granted annually to an individual, or exceptionally an organisation, in recognition of their commitment and ongoing efforts in the defence and promotion of human rights. Nominees must be currently involved in work for the promotion and protection of human rights. Special account is taken of those who are at risk and have demonstrated an active record of combating human rights violations by courageous and innovative means. The MEA aims to encourage individuals or organisations, particularly those who are working in conditions hostile to fundamental human rights and who are in need of protection.

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October 21, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements

Bahrain:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Nabeel Rajab

According the information received, on October 9, 2014, Mr. Nabeel Rajab was brought again before the Public Prosecution Officer in Manama and informed that the Ministry of Defence had filed a complaint regarding the same tweet, which is the subject matter of the previous investigation. The interrogation lasted about 40 minutes.

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October 10, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Alejandra Ancheita Selected as the 2014 Laureate Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Ms Alejandra Ancheita was selected by the International Human Rights Community (See Jury Below). The Award is given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. The aim of the award is to provide protection through international recognition. Strongly supported by the City of Geneva, the Award will be presented on Oct. 7th.

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October 8, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh, China, Mexico

Tunisia:  Several human rights defenders attacked by state security officers and subjected to malicious prosecution

October 1, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Tunisia

Burundi:  Provisional release of Mr. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa

October 1, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Mexico:  Serious concerns after deadly crackdown in Iguala, Guerrero, and the disappearance of 46 students of Ayotzinapa

September 30, 2014  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico
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Uruguay: Open Letter to the president against the constitutional change that could allow children to be judged as adults

October 24, 2014  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Uruguay
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Azerbaijan: Joint Open Letter: Concern about the situation of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan

October 24, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan: Press Release: Alarm over safety of leading human rights defender Leyla Yunus following transfer to Prison of the Ministry of National Security

Geneva-Paris, October 23, 2014 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an OMCT-FIDH joint programme, is alarmed by the recent decision of transferring Ms. Leyla Yunus, member of the OMCT General Assembly, to the Investigative Prison of the Ministry of National Security. The decision comes as the date marks 6 months since the start of an ongoing and increasing harassment of Leyla Yunus.

On October 18, the Azeri authorities decided to transfer Ms. 
Leyla Yunus to the Investigative Prison of the Ministry of National Security, where her husband Mr. Arif Yunusov has been detained since August 5. The Investigative Prison is the only remaining prison which is not subordinated to the Ministry of Justice.

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October 23, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Mexico: Acts of harassment against Mrs. Martha Solorzano

October 22, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Bahrain: The verdict on Nabeel Rajab's trial expected on October 29

Paris-Geneva, October 21, 2014 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), deplores the Third Lower Criminal Court's refusal to release Nabeel Rajab, FIDH Deputy Secretary General, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), and Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). Mr. Nabeel Rajab has been arbitrarily detained since October 1.

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October 21, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Call for nominations: The 2015 Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders (MEA)

The Award is granted annually to an individual, or exceptionally an organisation, in recognition of their commitment and ongoing efforts in the defence and promotion of human rights. Nominees must be currently involved in work for the promotion and protection of human rights. Special account is taken of those who are at risk and have demonstrated an active record of combating human rights violations by courageous and innovative means. The MEA aims to encourage individuals or organisations, particularly those who are working in conditions hostile to fundamental human rights and who are in need of protection.

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October 21, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements

Russian Federation: Joint NGO Letter to the President of the Russian Federation: To stop clampdown on freedom of association

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, are writing to urge you to stop the clampdown on the right to freedom of association and end reprisals against independent non- governmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia.

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October 21, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Russian Federation

Iran: Judicial harassment against human rights lawyer Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh

According to the information received, on October 18, 2014, a three-member disciplinary investigation panel of Tehran’s Bar Association communicated a ruling to Ms. Sotoudeh that her law license is to be suspended for three years, based on a complaint filed by the Islamic Revolution Court’s Prosecution Office based in Evin prison. The complainant had asked for her license to be revoked based on her conviction and sentence in 2011. The Observatory recalls that in August 2014, a first disciplinary panel of the Tehran Bar Association rejected a similar request filed by the same complainant and upheld Ms. Sotoudeh’s right to practice law.

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October 20, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran