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Spain:  Acts of stigmatization, harassment and criminalisation against Mr. Iñaki Rivera,Director of OSPDH and SIRECOVI

Mr. Iñaki Rivera has been summoned to testify on September 18, 2019, as a defendant before the Court of Instruction in Barcelona. The citation has been produced following a complaint by the prison commission of the Comisiones Obreras trade union, which has accused Mr. Iñaki Rivera of defaming prison officials during a Catalan public television interview (in the TV3 channe) in which the existence of ill-treatment in prisons was discussed.

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September 16, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

Iran:  Sentencing of seven human rights defenders to long-term prison terms

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) about the sentencing of seven human rights defenders to long-term prison terms in relation to union activities or the reporting on such activities in the context of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company workers strike in Shush, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran.

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September 12, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Peru:  Desaparición y agresión física en contra del defensor indígena ashaninka Polico Díaz Sambache

September 10, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Venezuela:  Intimidación y amenazas contra Manuel Mir, líder comunitario de la Parroquia 23 de Enero

September 9, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

China:  16 NGOs Call on UN Member States to Hold China Accountable at Human Rights Council for Persecuting Rights Defenders

A group of non-governmental organizations have sent a letter to UN members states calling for action at the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council over the Chinese government’s jailing of many human rights defenders protecting economic, social and cultural rights, and closure of civil society organizations promoting equal protection of those rights.

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September 9, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

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Venezuela: 42ª Sesión del Consejo de Derechos Humanos: Pronunciamiento oral por parte de la OMCT, COFAVIC y Franciscans International

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September 11, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Venezuela

New Initiative to Strengthen Protection from Torture on Migration Routes:

Geneva (OMCT), Lomé (CACIT): The World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) and the Collectif des Associations Contre l’Impunité au Togo (CACIT) open a call for participation for members of the OMCT SOS-Torture Network and strategic potential partners to join its  working group "Migration and Torture". This new regional initiative will bring a much-needed protection perspective from torture across the migration routes from and within Africa through innovative and collective research and advocacy.

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September 9, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Press Releases  |  Links

China: Respect for rule of law should be the rule, not the exception

September 9, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Vacancy Announcement: Human Rights Adviser for OMCT’s Latin America Desk (9 month maternity replacement)

We are currently seeking to recruit a Human Rights Adviser for its Latin America desk, who will work under the director supervision of the Convention against Torture Program Director.

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September 4, 2019  |  Links

Turkey: Joint Statement: Release Güldane Kılıç immediately!

Ms. Güldane Kılıç, İnsan Hakları Derneği(İHD) Kars Branch Chairperson and a member of the Demokratik Bolgeler Partisi (DBP – Democratic Regions Party), is arbitrarily detained since July 23 over trumped-up terrorist charges. FIDH, İHD and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) denounce this new politically-motivated arbitrary detention, and calls on the Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all İHD members currently detained and to end any act of harassment, including at the judicial level, against political opponents, activists, and human rights defenders in Turkey.

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August 30, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Egypt: Release Ramy Shaath!

Mr. Ramy Shaath, political opponent and Coordinator of the BDS movement in Egypt, is arbitrarily detained since July 5. The information was made public last week by his wife, who was forcibly expelled from the country at the time of her husband’s arrest. FIDH, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) denounce the ongoing consequences of the most recent crackdown on civil society in Egypt. They renew their call on the authorities to immediately end any act of harassment, including at the judicial level, against all peaceful activists, in particular political opponents and human rights defenders.

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August 30, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Greece: Civil society denounces killing of unaccompanied child in Moria

August 28, 2019  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Greece

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