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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Israel / Occupied Palestinian Territory: Press Release: Escalation of the campaign of attacks against prominent Palestinian human rights organisations

The credible death threats against a member of the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights evidence a serious escalation in the ongoing smearing, intimidation, and threats campaign against several prominent Palestinian human rights organisations. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders urges the international community to ensure that a genuine investigation takes place.

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August 22, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Cambodia:  Call on the Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution addressing Cambodia's gravely deteriorating human rights situation

August 19, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Mexico:  Release of Ildefonso Zamora following 9 months of arbitrary detention

August 18, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Azerbaijan:  Sport For Rights: Joint Statement: Renewed Human Rights Crackdown Ahead of Referendum

​Less than six weeks ahead of a constitutional referendum, the Azerbaijani authorities have unleashed a new wave of repression to silence critical voices. The undersigned members of the Sport for Rights coalition condemn this renewed crackdown, and call on the Azerbaijani authorities to take immediate steps to improve the human rights situation in the country, starting with the release of political prisoners.

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August 18, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Mexico:  Ataques y amenazas en contra de dos miembros de la Administración Autónoma de Agua Potable (AAPCOY) del pueblo indígena de Coyotepec

August 12, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

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OMCT E-bulletin: 58th session of the Committee Against Torture - July/August 2016

The  e-bulletin on the 58th session of the Committee Against Torture, which took place from 25 July to 13 August 2016, is out. During this session, the Committee considered the State reports submitted by Kuwait, Honduras, Burundi, Mongolia. 

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August 18, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications

Volunteer Digital Content Specialist

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic professional with honed writing skills and marketing acumen to join our Communications Department, at the OMCT Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Our team will make you feel at home; we offer plenty of significant work and learning opportunities, and the corporate culture is international, collaborative and stimulating. Your primary objective will be to produce engaging and impactful content for OMCT's social-media campaign to raise funds and awareness about torture, #HumansAgainstTorture (www.joinhat.org). 

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August 16, 2016  |  Statements

Switzerland: Social media volunteer job description

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking a full- or part-time volunteer intern for at least four months and up to a year to join its Geneva headquarters team as soon as possible.

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August 15, 2016  |  Statements  |  Switzerland

UN asks Burundi to protect ethnic minorities from violence; stop reprisals on civil society

August 12, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Togo: Le CACIT et l'OMCT déplorent l'incapacité des jurisdictions nationales à rendre justice aux victimes de violations de droits humains

August 12, 2016  |   Assistance to victims, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Togo

Burundi: UNCAT Concluding Observations on Burundi

August 12, 2016  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Switzerland: Authorities should not authorize extradition of Ms. Nekane Txapartegi to Spain

Geneva - 12 August 2016. Swiss authorities should not authorize the extradition of Ms. Nekane Txapartegi, a Spanish woman suspected of collaborating in the 90s with Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), as her conviction appears to be based on information obtained under torture.  

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August 12, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Switzerland

Burundi: Silence after no-show for special review replies – a first in the history of the CAT

Burundi failed to provide additional information in response to the questions raised by the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) in the framework of a special review of the country’s current human rights crisis. 

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August 2, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Brazil: Yet another teenager dies in socio-educative center in Pernambuco

July 29, 2016  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Brazil

Review of Burundi by the Committee Against Torture: Civil society condemns a human rights crisis

A coalition of Burundian NGOs have submitted a report condemning a resurgence in extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and cases of torture.

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July 26, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements