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Guatemala:  Open letter by European parlamentarians raising concerns regarding the NGO Law in Guatemala

​Following concerns raised by civil society organisations including the OMCT, 22 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) belonging to 5 different political groups and 9 European Union Member States have expressed their concern about the approval of the NGO Law in Guatemala. The MEPs have urgent President Alejandro Giammattei not to validate this law due to the fact that it does not meet international human rights standards with regards to Freedom of Association.



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February 21, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Venezuela:  Press Release: Freedom of association at risk of extinction

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February 21, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela
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Egypt:  Release on bail of Mr. Ahmed Abdel Fattah

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the release on bail of Mr. Ahmed Abdel Fattah, a human rights defender from Aswan governorateand a board member of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), a human rights law firm based in Cairo operating in several governorates. Mr. Abdel Fattah notably works for the promotion of health rights, environmental rights, refugees and migrants’ rights, Nubian rights, and the rights of persons with disabilities in Upper Egypt.

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February 18, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Guatemala:  El Congreso restringe la libertad de asociación - Presidente Giammattei debe vetar el Decreto

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February 14, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Thailand:  Judicial harassment against member of NGO Fortify Rights Ms. Puttanee Kangkun in relation to social media publications

According to the information received, on December 6, 2019, Thammakaset filed a criminal complaint for “defamation” (Article 326 of the Thai Criminal Code) and “libel” (Article 328) with the Bangkok Southern Criminal Court against Ms. Puttanee Kangkun over her 14 social media posts. If prosecuted and convicted under these charges, Ms. Puttanee Kangkun could face up to 28 years in prison and a fine of up to 2.8 million Thai Baht (approximately 81,500 Euros). A preliminary hearing is set for March 2, 2020

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February 14, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Congo, Democratic Republic: Prevention and punishment of torture: gaps and weaknesses in the legal framework

February 20, 2020  |  Reports and Publications  |  Congo, Democratic Republic
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Congo, Democratic Republic: CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE FOLLOW-UP OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE ON THE DRC

February 18, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Violence against women  |  Events  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

February 11, 2020  |  Links

Chile: Final report of the International Human Rights Observation Mission

The report by OMCT and nine other international organisations points to the repeated and generalized character of the human rights violations committed by the security services during the protests

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January 29, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Chile

Niger: Important progress against torture

January 27, 2020  |  Statements  |  Niger

New Initiative to Protect Indigenous Peoples from Torture in Latin America

January 27, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links

Mexico: Monica Elizabeth Esparza Castro, Criminal Case 24/2013: Amicus Curiae Submitted by OMCT and other signatories

January 23, 2020  |   Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Switzerland: Human Rights Advisor - Asia (12 month maternity replacement)

January 23, 2020  |  Links  |  Switzerland

Algeria: Main dans la main avec le peuple algérien pour la démocratie et la liberté

January 20, 2020  |  Statements  |  Algeria

Russian Federation: Follow-up report to the concluding observations of the Committee Against Torture on Russia's 6th periodic report

January 8, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Russian Federation