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Armenia:  Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of several environmental rights defenders

August 14, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Armenia
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Colombia:  Assassination attempt against Mr. Francisco Javier Cortés Guanga

August 14, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia
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Algeria:  En pleine pandémie de COVID-19, la répression des défenseurs des droits humains continue sans relâche

August 14, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria
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Ukraine:  Attacks against SEMA Ukraine member Valentyna Buchok must stop

August 14, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ukraine
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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Intimidation et menaces de mort à l'encontre du Dr. Denis Mukwege

August 13, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic
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Belarus:  Widespread torture  of protesters suggests crimes against humanity

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) condemns the widespread ill-treatment, often amounting to torture, of hundreds if not thousands of protesters, who were arbitrarily detained in Minsk and other cities across Belarus. The OMCT further calls for an independent international investigation into the systematic and extremely violent repression of peaceful protests after the August 9th presidential poll.  Any official involved in torture, including those bearing command responsibility, must be immediately suspended pending such an investigation, and subsequently brought to justice and appropriately punished.

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August 14, 2020  |  Statements  |  Belarus
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Side by Side with Victims - the OMCT Urgent Assistance Fund 2007-2019

August 14, 2020  |   Assistance to victims  |  Links
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Belarus: Open Statement of Human Rights Organisations and Public Organizations of Ukraine Regarding the Detention of Ukrainian Citizens in Minsk

Yevhenii Vasyliev and Konstantin Reutski were brutally and arbitrarily detained in Minsk near Victory Square by traffic police officers (DPS). The two Ukrainian human rights defenders were legally present on the territory of Belarus and did not commit any illegal actions. The detention was carried out with excessive force and clearly resulted in injuries and health hazards to the detainees. 

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August 13, 2020  |  Statements  |  Belarus
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Cambodia: Civil Society Organizations Call for the Draft Law on Public Order to be Immediately Discarded

August 13, 2020  |  Statements  |  Cambodia
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China: Submission to select UN Special Procedures on practice of extracting and broadcasting forced confessions before trial

August 11, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  China
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Bahrain: Open appeal to His Majesty, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Kingdom of Bahrain

August 11, 2020  |  Statements  |  Bahrain
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CHILE: WE URGE THE CHILEAN AUTHORITIES TO OPEN A DIALOGUE WITH THE MAPUCHE PRISONERS ON DRY STRIKE

August 8, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Chile: Measures aiming to protect persons deprived of liberty must benefit Mapuche prisoners without discrimination

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July 24, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Chile

Bolivia: Negligencias en la protección de los presos ante la covid-19 pone en riesgo sus vidas y las de toda la población

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July 23, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Bolivia

Bahrain: Letter to the King of Bahrain on the Cases of Ramadan and Moosa

Your Majesty,

We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to commute the death sentences of Mohamed Ramadan and Hussein Ali Moosa, who have exhausted all legal remedies available to them after the Court of Cassation upheld their death sentences on July 13, 2020. Our organizations oppose the death penalty in all cases, regardless of who is accused, their crime, their guilt or innocence, or the method of execution. However, the cases of Ramadan and Moosa raise additional concerns given the serious fair trial violations they experienced and their credible torture allegations. 

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July 23, 2020  |  Statements  |  Bahrain