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Saudi Arabia:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Mohamed Al-Otaibi

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Mohamed Al-Otaibi, co-founder of the Union for Human Rights.

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October 18, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Colombia:  Comunicado de prensa: Ataques contra CSPP serían una represalia por su defensa de los derechos humanos

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October 18, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Russian Federation:  Attempt to close down the Moscow-based “For Human Rights” movement

According to the information received, on October 8, 2019, the Ministry of Justice submitted a lawsuit requesting the Supreme Court of Russia to shut down the “For Human Rights” NGO, under the pretext that the NGO “violated Russian laws and Constitution”, including the 2012 Foreign Agent Law for Non-Commercial Organisations (hereafter the “Foreign Agent Law”), which targets non-profit organisations receiving foreign financial assistance or carrying out activities deemed to be “political”.

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October 18, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Condamnation du journaliste Walid Salek El Batal à six ans de prison

October 18, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Mexico:  Disappearance of human rights defender Arnulfo Cerón Soriano in the State of Guerrero


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October 17, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

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Ecuador: The OMCT requests a prompt investigation and punishment following the excessive use of force during protests

October 18, 2019  |  Statements  |  Ecuador

Mexico: Joint alternative report on Mexico submitted to Human Rights Committee

October 15, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Mexico

Iraq: Freedom of speech and assembly under attack as over 100 killed, thousands injured and hundreds arrested

The undersigned international, regional and Iraqi human rights organisations demand that the authorities in Iraq immediately uphold promises to put an end to violent reprisals against the popular protest movement taking place across the country, which has left over 100 people dead, with thousands more injured and hundreds detained. 

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October 10, 2019  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iraq

United States: The appointment of a torture supporter would endanger human rights worldwide

October 9, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  United States

Brazil: Statement on the candidature of Brazil to the UN Human Rights Council

The Brazilian civil society organizations, supported by several foreign, regional and international organizations, express their deep and grave concern about the Brazilian candidacy for the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for the three-year period 2020- 2022. 

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October 8, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Brazil

Press Release: Global Efforts Needed to Free Detained Children

October 7, 2019  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements

United States: Guantanamo detention conditions still amount to torture

October 4, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  United States

India: End communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir without further delay

October 4, 2019  |  Statements  |  India

Cambodia: Drop all charges against ex-RFA journalists Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin

We strongly condemn the decision by the Municipal Court judge to continue the investigation into unsubstantiated espionage charges against Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin.

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October 4, 2019  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Saudi Arabia: One year after the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi, NGOs renew their call and demand justice for Jamal

October 1, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Saudi Arabia