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Togo:  Condamnation en appel et poursuite de la détention arbitraire de M. Folly Satchivi

October 14, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Algeria:  Arbitrary arrest of Mr. Abdelouahab Fersaoui

October 11, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Maldives:  Lift restrictions against Maldivian Democracy Network; protect its associates from attacks

Maldivian authorities must immediately lift the arbitrary restrictions imposed on the leading non-governmental organisation (NGO) Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN), and protect its staff, board members, and their families from attacks and other acts of harassment and intimidation, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) urged today.

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October 11, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives

Saudi Arabia:  On the 10th anniversary of the establishment of ACPRA, NGOs jointly call on Saudi authorities to release all detained members

On October 12, 2019, which marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA), the undersigned organisations call on Saudi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all detained ACPRA members.

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October 11, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Egypt:  Ongoing detention, threats and acts of ill-treatment while in detention against Mr. Alaa Abdel Fattah and Mr. Mohamed El-Baqer

The Observatory expresses its utmost concern over the above-mentioned acts of ill-treatment against Messrs. Mohamed El-Baqer and Mr. Alaa Abdel Fattah while in detention, which is contrary to Egypt’s obligations under the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The Observatory is further concerned by the ongoing arbitrary detention of Messrs. Mohamed El-Baqer and Alaa Abdel Fattah and urges the Egyptian authorities to release them immediately and unconditionally and to put an end to all forms of harassment against them, including at the judicial level, as well as against all human rights defenders in Egypt.

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October 10, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

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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: Manifesto 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

Mexico: Five years on, we need measures to get to the truth

Five years after the events that culminated in the disappearance of 43 students from the rural school “Raúl Isidro Burgos” of Ayotzinapa and other grave human rights violations in Iguala (Guerrero), steps are being taken to clarify the facts and brings those guilty to book, but they must continue at a firmer and steadier pace to result in real progress. 

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September 26, 2019  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Soft laws aimed at stemming the funding of terrorism are misused to stifle human rights work. We propose a way forward.

A contribution from OMCT working group on Torture & Terrorism to the annual report of the UN Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism to the UN General Assembly

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September 24, 2019  |  Reports and Publications