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Guatemala:  El Congreso restringe la libertad de asociación - Presidente Giammattei debe vetar el Decreto

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February 14, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Thailand:  Judicial harassment against member of NGO Fortify Rights Ms. Puttanee Kangkun in relation to social media publications

According to the information received, on December 6, 2019, Thammakaset filed a criminal complaint for “defamation” (Article 326 of the Thai Criminal Code) and “libel” (Article 328) with the Bangkok Southern Criminal Court against Ms. Puttanee Kangkun over her 14 social media posts. If prosecuted and convicted under these charges, Ms. Puttanee Kangkun could face up to 28 years in prison and a fine of up to 2.8 million Thai Baht (approximately 81,500 Euros). A preliminary hearing is set for March 2, 2020

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February 14, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Ms. Gülseren Yoleri, Istanbul Branch President of the Human Rights Association (?HD)

According to the information received, on February 6, 2020, police officers arrested Ms. Gülseren Yoleri at her home in Istanbul and took her to Sarıyer District Police Directorate to take her statement in the framework of an investigation that was launched against her in relation to a speech she gave on October 12, 2019 denouncing the ongoing Turkish military intervention in Syria at the 759th gathering of the Saturday Mothers.

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February 13, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Colombia:  Nuevos actos de intimidación y amenaza en el Valle del Cauca contra los Sres. Walter Agredo Muñoz y Hernán Arciniegas

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February 13, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

India:  Continuing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention, as well as the deteriorating health condition while in detention of Mr. Miyan Abdul Qayoom

The Observatory expresses its deepest concern about the ongoing arbitrary detention and the deteriorating health condition of Mr. Qayoom, and calls on the Indian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release him, and to grant him an immediate access to the medical attention he requires.

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February 12, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

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February 11, 2020  |  Links

Chile: Final report of the International Human Rights Observation Mission

The report by OMCT and nine other international organisations points to the repeated and generalized character of the human rights violations committed by the security services during the protests

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January 29, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Chile

Niger: Important progress against torture

January 27, 2020  |  Statements  |  Niger

New Initiative to Protect Indigenous Peoples from Torture in Latin America

January 27, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links

Mexico: Monica Elizabeth Esparza Castro, Criminal Case 24/2013: Amicus Curiae Submitted by OMCT and other signatories

January 23, 2020  |   Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Switzerland: Human Rights Advisor - Asia (12 month maternity replacement)

January 23, 2020  |  Links  |  Switzerland

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