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:  Necesario reconocer las dimensiones reales de la tortura en México para instrumentar políticas públicas y erradicar esta terrible práctica

July 1, 2015  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico
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Saudi Arabia:  Joint Letter: Raif Badawi - Arbitrary Detention and Illegal Treatment

The sentence of lashing and imprisonment imposed on Raif Badawi violates Saudi Arabia’s international law obligations and must be rescinded. Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, the Law Society of England and Wales and the International Federation for Human Rights - FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture - OMCT - within the framework of their joint programme the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders call on the Government of Saudi Arabia and the international community to take effective action to ensure the immediate and unconditional release from prison of Raif Badawi and his protection from lashings.

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June 30, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Saudi Arabia

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Les Prisons dans les Kivu : Arbitraire et atteintes aux droits humains - Publication du rapport d'étude OMCT/AEDH

June 26, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Press Release: UN Day for Victims of Torture: No more time for indifference on torture!

Geneva, Tunis, Brussels, 25 June 2015.
On the eve of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture the principal global civil society coalition against torture recalls the plight of thousands of victims of torture across the world. It is time for a new commitment to eradicate such practice once and for all.

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June 25, 2015  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Bahrain:  Publication of an International Mission Report: Imprisonment, torture and statelessness: The darkening reality of human rights defenders in Bahrain

Paris-Geneva, June 25, 2015. Human rights defenders in Bahrain are operating in a shrinking space, says the Observatory in a report published today. The report documents the judicial harassment of 11 human rights defenders including lawyers, teachers, doctors or bloggers. All have suffered or been threatened with imprisonment, torture or statelessness as a consequence of their activities in defense of human rights. It’s time for the Bahraini authorities to leave behind the empty rhetoric of human rights reforms at the international level and to actually undertake genuine and effective reforms in line with their international obligations and commitments”, OMCT Secretary General Gerald Staberock concluded.

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June 25, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bahrain

Azerbaijan:  Side Event at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE): "From the CoE Chairmanship to the European Games: A Year of Human Rights Violations in Azerbaijan"

Event at the June session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan, one year after President Ilham Aliyev came to Strasbourg and spoke at the Assembly.

When: Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 13:00–14:00

Where: Strasbourg, Room 5, Palais de l’Europe

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June 19, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events  |  Azerbaijan

29th Session Human Rights Council: Statement for interactive dialogue with SR on Peaceful Assembly and Association

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

29th session – June 17, 2015

Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the SR on Peaceful Assembly and Association

 Oral statement delivered by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

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June 18, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Angola, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda

Side Event at HRC29: Attacks and Reprisals against Defenders: Enhancing Accountability for Violations

Organizer: OMCT-FIDH (within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders) / OHCHR
Date and time: Tuesday 16 June 2015, 16:00-17:30, room XXII, Palais des Nations (Geneva)

·         Mr. Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

·         Mrs. Reine Alapini Gansou, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights

·         Mr. José de Jesus Orozco, Rapporteur on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

·         Ms. Katarzyna Jarosiewicz-Wargan, Head of Human Rights Department, OSCE/ODIHR

·         Ms. Christine Mardirossian, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, CoE

·         Mr. Michel Carrié, Salvatore Sagues, Direction de la paix, de la démocratie et des DH, OIF

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June 15, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Events
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Sri Lanka: Removal of the overseas travel ban on Mr. Ruki Fernando and ongoing judicial harassment against him

The Observatory welcomes the removal of the travel ban on Mr. Fernando but expresses its deepest concern about the ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Fernando, which seem to aim at hampering his human rights work, and recalls that freedom of expression is a fundamental right recognised by the Constitution of Sri Lanka and enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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July 6, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sri Lanka
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Cambodia: New joint ingo letter on LANGO

July 6, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Cambodia
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Cameroon: Burlglary of Ms. Maximilienne Ngo Mbe's domicile

July 3, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon
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Uganda: Dismissal of charges against Mr. Gerald Kankya

The Observatory welcomes the decision of the Magistrate's court and thanks all the persons, institutions and organisations who intervened in his favour. Furthermore, the Observatory calls upon the Ugandan authorities to ensure the protection and a favourable environment for human rights defenders operating in the country.

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July 3, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda
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Swaziland: Release of Mr. Thulani Rudolf Maseko and Mr. Bheki Makhubu

The Observatory welcomes the release and the end of the judicial harassment against Messrs. Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu, and thanks all the persons, institutions and organisations who intervened in their favour. However, the Observatory deeply regrets that the two have been arbitrarily detained for nearly 15 months.

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July 3, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Swaziland
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Thailand: Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against 14 student activists with the Neo Democracy Movement and threats and harassment against TLHR lawyer, Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri

The Observatory strongly condemns the judicial harassment against the 14 student activists as well as the threats and the harassment against Ms. Sirikan, which only aim at sanctioning their legitimate human rights activities.
The Observatory calls on the Thai authorities to drop all charges against the 14 student activists, put an end to the threats and harassment of Ms. Sirikan, and repeal NCPO Orders that fail to comply with human rights standards.

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July 2, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Mexico: Necesario reconocer las dimensiones reales de la tortura en México para instrumentar políticas públicas y erradicar esta terrible práctica

July 1, 2015  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico
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Mexico: Allanamiento y robo de las oficinas en la Ciudad de México del Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social, A.C. (Cencos)

July 1, 2015  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico