Congo Lucha wins the 2019 OMCT Prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

Congo Lucha,
a documentary on a youth group promoting democracy and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo directed by Marlène Rabaud, received the 2019 OMCT prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH).
In the words of Gerald Staberock, OMCT Secretary General, “Marlène Rabaud shows that hope is alive, even in the DRC, even in the Kivus – and that things can change.” [Read more...]

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India:  New acts of harassment against Ms. Indira Jaising, Mr. Anand Grover and the Lawyers Collective

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about new acts of harassment against Ms. Indira Jaising and Mr. Anand Grover, human rights lawyers and founders of the Indian NGO Lawyers Collective. Both Ms. Jaising and Mr. Grover are internationally renowned human right professionals who have a long history of engaging with the United Nations (UN) system.

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May 16, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Max Bokayev: In Kazakhstan, peacefully defending land rights earns a ticket to a penal colony

May 16, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements

Saudi Arabia:  One year on, crackdown on defenders of women’s rights continues

Today marks one year since the beginning of a crackdown on women’s rights defenders in Saudi Arabia.  Dozens of women and men have been arbitrarily arrested, detained and still face judicial harassment for their defence of women’s rights, including the right to drive, to set up human rights associations or to be freed from the male guardianship system. The Observatory (FIDH-OMCT) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all human rights defenders, as well for the end of any act of harassment against women’s rights defenders in Saudi Arabia.

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May 15, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Colombia:  International statement condemning attacks and threats against Afro-Colombian and indigenous leaders

The European organisations and networks who have signed this statement reject the murder attempt against leaders from Afro-Colombian collectives from the Cauca department ACONC, PCN and ASOM and threats against the indigenous women’s organisation Wayúu Women’s Strength (Fuerza de Mujeres Wayúu), from the Guajira department. 

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May 14, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Thailand:  Judicial harassment of 15 pro-democracy activists

The Observatory condemns the latest acts of judicial harassment against the 15 pro-democracy activists, which occurs almost four years after the alleged violations. The Observatory also condemns the ongoing use of military courts for trials of civilians for alleged offenses committed prior to 12 September 2016.

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May 14, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

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May 10, 2019  |  Links

Treaty body strengthening

May 9, 2019  |  Statements

Togo: new important step forward in the fight against torture

April 30, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Togo

Mexico: must recognise publicly the extent of torture and impunity as a first step to combat it

April 29, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Mexico: torture epidemic at the hands of the State must stop, say more than 120 human rights organizations

April 24, 2019  |  Reports and Publications

Congo, Democratic Republic: Torture in the Democratic Republic of Congo: An open secret?

April 24, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Mexico: Over 120 organisations and networks submit report to the Committee against Torture: "torture is epidemic"

April 23, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Mexico

Assisting the survivors of torture 2007-2018

April 11, 2019  |   Assistance to victims  |  Reports and Publications

En Tunisie, la justice transitionnelle est en panne. C’est ce que dénoncent 28 organisations de la société civile lors de la Journée des Martyrs

April 9, 2019  |   Assistance to victims  |  Statements

Guatemala: Joint Open Letter: A call for action to stop legislative initiatives to amend the National Reconciliation Law and the Law on NGOs for Development

As international human rights organisations, we write to express our profound concern about the recent developments in Guatemala that could gravely impact the human rights situation and rule of law in the country. We remain alarmed by the possible passage of the proposed amendment to the National Reconciliation Law or “Amnesty Law” (N.5377) by the Guatemalan Congressand the serious consequences it would have on peace and stability in the region. Equally distressing is the upcoming threat facing Civil Society organisations in exercising their rights in light of proposed amendments to the Law on Non-Governmental NGOs for Development (N.5257).We are also worried about the Guatemalan Government’s insistence to terminate the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) before September 2019 and to obstruct its work in various forms.   This bleak picture strengthens our belief that it is in the interest of the EU and its Member States, as well as the international community at large, to ensure that the Guatemalan authorities respect the rule of law, and to firmly support the efforts of the Guatemalan people in tackling corruption and impunity.

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March 22, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala