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Iraq:  On International Human Rights Day, a dangerous escalation against human rights defenders and activists in Iraq

Human rights defenders and activists were killed, kidnapped and shot at in Iraq on International Human Rights Day and the following day. On the night of 10 December 2019, poet and civil society activist Ali Al-Lami (photo 1), was kidnapped while he was returning to his sister's house after participating in Al-Tahrir Square demonstrations. His body was found at 2am, dumped in Al-Sha`b area, north of Baghdad.

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December 12, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iraq

Algeria:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire de M. Kaddour Chouicha, syndicaliste et président de la section d’Oran de la LADDH

December 12, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Colombia:  [New report] Chronicle of a prosecution foretold – human rights defenders or defendants?

Since the beginning of the National Strike on November 21, 1023 people have been arrested, and at least 47 have been prosecuted. Criminalising protest and the defence of human rights is not merely an issue related to the current moment – a report published today describes a sustained policy in which State institutions are unduly used in an attempt to silence the defence of human rights.

« Criminal prosecution purely based on their defence of human rights is not only unfair, it is also perverse: it contributes to perpetuating the very human rights violations the defenders were opposing, namely pollution, deforestation, land concentration and the erosion of the freedoms of expression and peaceful protest. The whole of Colombian society loses out in this scenario. At least, everyone except the perpetrators, that is », declared Gerald Staberock, OMCT Secretary General.

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December 12, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Colombia

Egypt:  Continuing arbitrary detention of Mr. Haytham Mohamadein

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the continuing arbitrary detention of Mr. Haytham Mohamadein, labour rights lawyer at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) and a member of El-Nadim Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture, an Egyptian NGO dedicated to combating torture and providing medical and legal aid in support of victims of human rights’ abuses.

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December 12, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Chad:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre du Secrétaire général de la CTDDH, M. Mahamat Nour Ibedou

December 11, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

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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

Iraq: Authorities must immediately end the use of lethal force against protesters and stop targeting activists, journalists and the media

We, the undersigned human rights organisations, call on the Iraqi government to immediately cease the use of lethal and excessive force against protesters.

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December 3, 2019  |  Statements  |  Iraq

New Initiative to Protect Women from Torture

November 28, 2019  |  Events

Hong Kong: 22 NGOs call on UN High Commissioner to publicly denounce Hong Kong Government's systematic violations of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression

November 25, 2019  |  Statements  |  Hong Kong

Slovakia: Joint Open Letter by 36 organisations calls on bill restricting reproductive rights not to be adopted

As members of Slovakia’s parliament debate proposed legislation that, if enacted, will potentially impede women’s access to abortion services, 36 organisations have issued a statement urging the Slovak Parliament to reject this regressive bill.

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November 18, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Slovakia

Burkina Faso: Joint alternative report of civil society submitted ahead of the 2nd periodic report

November 12, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Burkina Faso

Niger: Joint Alternative report of civil society submitted ahead of the review of the 1st periodic report

November 12, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Niger

Chile: International Human Rights Observation Mission Courthouse of Justice of Santiago

November 12, 2019  |  Statements  |  Chile