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Turkey:  Continuing judicial harassment of human rights lawyer Ms. Eren Keskin

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the continuing judicial harassment of human rights lawyer and co-president of the Human Rights Association (İHD) Ms. Eren Keskin. An honorary member of the Paris Bar Association, Eren Keskin is the winner of multiple international awards for her peace and human rights work, including the 2018 Helsinki Civil Society Award, and was the 2018 finalist of Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

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January 20, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Togo:  Threats against the LTDH

January 16, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Tanzania:  Continuing arbitrary detention of Mr. Tito Magoti, Mass Education Officer at the Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC)

On January 7, 2020, during the second mention on the case against Mr. Tito Magoti, Mass Education Officer at the Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC), in which he is prosecuted under non-bailable economic charges, the Resident Magistrate’s Court of Dar es Salaam at Kisutu adjourned the trial on the ground that further investigation was needed. His next hearing is scheduled for January 21, 2020 before the same Court.

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January 15, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

Algeria:  Provisional release and onging judicial harassment of Mr. Kaddour Chouicha

January 9, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Chile:  Amenazas, intimidación y hostigamiento contra el defensor de los Derechos Humanos y juez Daniel Urrutia Laubreaux

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December 31, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

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Algeria: Main dans la main avec le peuple algérien pour la démocratie et la liberté

January 20, 2020  |  Statements  |  Algeria

Russian Federation: Follow-up report to the concluding observations of the Committee Against Torture on Russia's 6th periodic report

January 8, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Russian Federation

Afghanistan: In rare move, government launches investigations into systematic sexual abuse of children

January 8, 2020  |   Press Releases, Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Afghanistan

OMCT welcomes new members into its network

January 6, 2020  |  Statements

India: Human Rights Violations and Police Brutality in Uttar Pradesh Statement by SOS-Torture Asia Litigators Group

January 1, 2020  |   Press Releases  |  Statements  |  India

Colombia: Represión de la protesta durante el Paro Nacional y persistencia de múltiples formas de tortura y malos tratos, principales conclusiones de la visita de la OMCT

December 20, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Maldives: Statement by the SOS-Torture Asia Litigators Group on the dissolution of the Maldivian Democracy Network

Following the decision by the authorities to dissolve the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN), now entered into force, the SOS-Torture Asia Litigators Group urges the Government of the Maldives to uphold the rule of law and procedural due process in this matter

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December 19, 2019  |  Statements  |  Maldives

Guatemala: The State keeps breaching international standards in the Hogar Seguro case

December 12, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Guatemala

Brazil: Yet another alarming initiative giving free rein to torture

December 9, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Brazil

Iran: Iranian authorities must put an end to violence against peaceful protesters across the country

Starting on 15 November 2019, mass protests have erupted in Iran in response to a three-fold rise in petrol costs. Protesters have called for improved living conditions amidst high levels of corruption, unemployment, poverty and discrimination across the country. 

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December 3, 2019  |  Statements  |  Iran