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China:  Conviction and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Huang Qi

The Observatory has been informed by the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD) about the conviction and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Huang Qi, founder and Director of the “64 Tianwang Human Rights Center”, which documents and publishes reports on human rights violations, including enforced disappearances and trafficking.

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August 21, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Cyprus:  Police abuse and arbitrary detention against Mr. Doros Polykarpou

The Observatory has been informed by the Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), about the police abuse including the arbitrary detention against Mr. Doros Polykarpou, Executive Director of KISA, a migrant support NGO in Cyprus. According to the information received, on August 2, 2019, Mr. Doros Polykarpou was arrested by the police officer in front of the KISA office. 

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August 20, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cyprus

Iran:  New report documents the systematic criminalisation of human rights defenders

Human rights defenders in Iran, long-time targets of the government, have been subjected to systematic judicial harassment since late 2017. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT partnership, sheds light on this wave of repression in a new report released today.

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August 20, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Iran

Mexico:  Amenazas de muerte recibidas por la Sra. Ariana Bosque

August 14, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Maldives:  Ongoing threats against human rights defenders

The Observatory has received information that at least 15 human rights defenders, including journalists, lawyers, and non-governmental organisation (NGO) workers, have been subjected to repeated acts of harassment and intimidation online since you took office in November 2018. In many cases, such acts have amounted to hate speech and death threats, which foster a dangerous environment for human rights defenders and impede them from doing their work.

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August 8, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives

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Egypt: 20 Rights NGOs call on President Macron to denounce Egypt's human rights record during the G7 meeting

It was a striking choice for France to invite Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to attend the 24-26 August G7 summit in Biarritz, for which the chosen theme is “the fight against inequality”. The number of Egyptians under the poverty line has clearly risen according to official Egyptian 2018 statistics, while the World Bank estimates that “some 60% of Egypt’s population is either poor or vulnerable” in 2019. Egyptian social and economic rights defenders, trade union activists, journalists and whistle-blowers, as well as feminist, LGBTQIA+ organizations and civil society at large have not been spared in recent waves of state crackdown on dissent.

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August 21, 2019  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Peru: Llamado urgente a no promulgar el proyecto de Ley de Protección Policial

La Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) manifiesta su preocupación ante la aprobación, el 24 de julio pasado, de la “Ley de Protección Policial” por parte de la Comisión Permanente del Congreso de la República, al contener elementos que la hacen incompatible con los estándares constitucionales e internacionales que regulan el derecho a la vida y el derecho a la integridad personal. En consecuencia, solicita respetuosamente la observación de la citada norma por parte del máximo responsable del Ejecutivo.

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August 19, 2019  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Bangladesh: Human rights groups urge government to implement recommendations on torture and other abuses after damning UN review

Following serious concerns expressed by the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) about torture in Bangladesh, seven human rights organizations call on the Bangladeshi government to recognize the magnitude of the problem and address and implement the nearly 90 recommendations made by the UN body.

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August 14, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Press Releases  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

India: Call on government to immediately reinstate fundamental freedoms in Jammu & Kashmir

August 13, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Russian Federation: Russia: Open Call

Open Call: Terms of Reference for the organisation of a roundtable to discuss the follow-up of the UN Committee Against Torture’s review of Russia, for the drafting of a follow-up shadow report and for the organization of a joint advocacy campaign on key CAT recommendations

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August 5, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Russian Federation

India: Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings in West Bengal

The OMCT International Secretariat has been informed by reliable sources of the extrajudicial killings of five men, one of them a minor, by the police. These cases are part of a pattern of systematic and gross human rights violations against poor and marginalized communities in the West Bengal region and reveal a culture of impunity.

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August 1, 2019  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Greece: No End in Sight: The Mistreatement of Asylum Seekers in Greece

This report finds evidence of sweeping human rights violations of displaced people and refugees on mainland Greece and the islands of Chios, Lesvos and Samos, violations that could amount to cruel and unusual treatment and torture. As a result of the so-called Containment Policy, bought into effect following the EU-Turkey Statement in 2016, thousands are currently trapped on the islands without access to shelter, healthcare or education, including many women and children. Those living on the islands, often in severely overcrowded camps, face dire living conditions, including unhygienic conditions and inadequate housing and bathing facilities.

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August 1, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Press Releases  |  Reports and Publications  |  Greece

Philippines: Open Letter to Senate President: Senator Vicente C. Sotto III, 18th Congress, Senate of the Philippines

July 31, 2019  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Bangladesh: Press Release - New report reveals deliberate use of torture by law enforcement agencies

July 29, 2019  |   Press Releases  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Cycle of Fear - Combating Impunity for Torture and Strengthening the Rule of Law in Bangladesh

July 25, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh