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Thailand:  Release all pro-democracy activists, end crackdown on peaceful dissent and independent media

October 23, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Pakistan:  Joint statement: Judicial harassment of human rights defender Muhammed Ismail

October 23, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

India:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Stan Swamy

October 22, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Burundi:  Joint statement: Sixty-five organizations call for immediate release of Iwacu journalists

October 22, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Mexico:  Ataques contra personas defensoras de la tierra y el territorio del Pueblo Maya Tseltal de Chilón y hostigamiento contra integrantes del Frayba

October 21, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

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Nigeria: #EndSARS campaign should lead to a new police structure that is torture-free

October 23, 2020  |   Press Releases  |  Statements  |  Nigeria

Andorra: Threats and judicial harassment against Ms. Vanessa Mendoza Cortés

October 22, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Andorra

Chile: Joint declaration one year after the "social outbreak" and ahead of imminent plebiscite for a new Constitution

October 22, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Chile

Vacancy announcement: OMCT Europe - Human Rights Advisor / Eastern Europe, Turkey & Central Asia Programme

October 21, 2020  |  Links

Switzerland: The OMCT mourns the loss of Olivier Mach, its former President and lifelong friend

October 16, 2020  |  Statements  |  Switzerland

Abolition of the death penalty remains a priority in Africa despite numerous security challenges

October 10, 2020  |  Statements

Consultancy: OMCT SOS-Torture Network « Global Action Week Against Torture » and General Assembly 2021

October 7, 2020  |  Links

Statement of Civic Solidarity Platform on the re-emergence of violence in Nagorny Karabakh

October 6, 2020  |  Statements  |  Armenia, Azerbaijan

Joint civil society letter on UN Human Rights Treaty Body reviews during the COVID-19 pandemic

Given the plethora of human rights restrictions and violations arising from the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and its TBNet partners address a joint letter, signed by 523 national, regional and international Civil society organisations  to the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies. The letter affirms that, it is crucial for rights-holders that the Treaty Bodies, who are the only independent and expert monitors of the legally binding human rights treaties, are able to fulfill their mandates and independently assess states’ compliance. In fact, the relevance of the Treaty Bodies is at stake, if they are not able to continue to perform their fundamental mandate in the midst of a human rights crisis.

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October 5, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Congo, Democratic Republic: Oral statement on human rights violations and impunity in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

October 2, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Congo, Democratic Republic