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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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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OMCT addresses OSCE on new agenda on the eradication of torture free of political divides

Addressing the biggest OSCE human rights meeting the OMCT Secretary General called for a new agenda for the eradication against torture in the OSCE region. 

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September 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements
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Cambodia:  27th Session of the Human Rights Council

Oral statement at the occasion of the annual report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia

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September 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Cambodia
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Panel on accelerating global efforts to end violence against children (HRC27): Joint statement OMCT and DCI

OMCT and Defence for Children International welcome the initiative of a panel discussion on the ways and means to end violence against children. We believe that this event is a positive contribution to the fight against torture, inhuman and degrading treatment. On this occasion we would like to express our concern about several issues.

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September 23, 2014  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements

Cambodia:  Screening of the documentary "The Rights of Others" - 22 September 2014 at 18.30 - Maison des Arts du Grütli

September 22, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events  |  Cambodia

Cambodia:  Side Event: "Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia: A Call For Support"

In 2014, human rights defenders in Cambodia continue to be the target of intimidation, arbitrary arrests and spurious criminal charges, particularly when their activism relates to land and labour rights. This side event will present the perspective and outlook of human rights defenders with a view to explore ways for the international community to support the protection of human rights defenders in Cambodia.

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September 22, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events  |  Cambodia

Nicaragua:  27th Session of the Human Rights Council: Joint oral statement delivered under Nicaragua's UPR

September 22, 2014  |  Statements  |  Nicaragua

Côte d'Ivoire:  27th Session of the Human Rights Council: Joint oral statement delivered under Côte d'Ivoire's UPR

September 19, 2014  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Côte d'Ivoire
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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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Spain: Briefing note: Launch of the report "Incommunicado detention and torture"

The OMCT participated last week, together with other international and local human rights and medical organizations, in a seminar held in Madrid, in the framework of which the report “Incomunicado detention and torture” was presented for the first time.

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September 25, 2014  |  Statements  |  Spain
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OMCT addresses OSCE on new agenda on the eradication of torture free of political divides

Addressing the biggest OSCE human rights meeting the OMCT Secretary General called for a new agenda for the eradication against torture in the OSCE region. 

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September 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements
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Cambodia: 27th Session of the Human Rights Council

Oral statement at the occasion of the annual report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia

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September 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Cambodia
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Written Contribution for 2014 OSCE HDIM: Fundamental freedoms I, including freedom of peaceful assembly and association

In 2013 and 2014, human rights defenders in Eastern Europe and Central Asia continued to operate in a difficult, and sometimes hostile environment.

The situation particularly deteriorated in AzerbaijanHungaryKyrgyzstan, and the Russian Federation, where the civil society has continued to face acts of reprisals by the authorities and where domestic legal frameworks and practices governing the exercise of the right to freedoms of assembly and association were drastically restricted. In other countries, human rights defenders have continued to be subjected to arbitrary detention following blatantly unfair trials, in particular in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, or to lengthy pre-trial detention, as in Azerbaijan. Judicial harassment has also been an ongoing phenomenon, including in Turkey, while threats and attacks have continued to stifle human rights activists, especially in Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.

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September 23, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Turkey, Uzbekistan
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Egypt: Provisional release of Ms. Mahienour El-Massry

According to the information received, on September 21, the Al Mansheya Misdemeanour Appeals Court decided to suspend the execution of Ms. Mahienour El-Massry's six-month prison sentence pending the appeal lodged before the Court of Cassation. This decision follows an appeal filed by Ms. Mahienour El-Massry challenging the execution of her sentence pending a final outcome.

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September 23, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Azerbaijan: OMCT joins initiative asking sponsors of Baku 2015 to reconsider their financial engagement in the light of serious human rights concerns

(Joint Letter): On behalf of the signatories below, and in the light of the media news concerning the sponsorship agreement concluded between (BP / Nar Mobile / P&G / Tissot (part of Swatch Group) / McDonald's / TicketHour) and the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan, which covers  both the European Games scheduled for 2015, and the Games Academy launched in April 2014, we would like to draw your attention to and express our great concern at the current political situation in Azerbaijan and your potential contribution and complicity in the human rights violations taking place in that country.

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September 23, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan
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Panel on accelerating global efforts to end violence against children (HRC27): Joint statement OMCT and DCI

OMCT and Defence for Children International welcome the initiative of a panel discussion on the ways and means to end violence against children. We believe that this event is a positive contribution to the fight against torture, inhuman and degrading treatment. On this occasion we would like to express our concern about several issues.

read more ...

September 23, 2014  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements