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Belarus:  Stop reprisals against human rights activists

September 21, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Nicaragua:  Nicaraguan authorities’ repression of activists, human rights defenders, and journalists intensifies

September 21, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Uganda:  Arbitrary detention and release of nine environmental human rights defenders

September 18, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Belarus:  Arbitrary arrest of Ms. Maria Rabkova, Viasna Coordinator of Volunteer Services

September 18, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Turkey:  Court of Cassation upholds conviction of 14 members of the Progressive Lawyers’ Association

September 18, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

News on Torture


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Belarus: UN Human Rights Council must act to prevent torture

September 18, 2020  |  Statements  |  Belarus

Honduras: Concern over announced election of unfit candidate to important anti-torture body

September 10, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Honduras

Slovakia: Joint Open Letter regarding current threats to reproductive rights

September 10, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Slovakia

Digital Communications and Campaigns Officer (Maternity Replacement)

September 8, 2020  |  Links

Communications and Events Management Intern

September 1, 2020  |  Links

Oral statement: Informal consultation in the process of consideration of the state of the UN human rights treaty body system

CSO consultations were organised to hear the views of a range of organisations from the national, regional and international levels from different parts of the world. The process culminated in a joint civil society document, the Civil Society Proposals, endorsed by 86 NGOs.

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August 28, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Bangladesh: End Enforced Disappearances

August 28, 2020  |  Statements

Belarus: ​Civil society organizations call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to convene a Special Session to address human rights violations committed in the leadup, during and after the August 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus.

August 26, 2020  |  Statements  |  Belarus

Belarus: Letter by OMCT, FIDH, Belarusian Helsinki Committee and Viasna to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

The Human Rights Center “Viasna”, the Belarus Helsinki Committee (BHC), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are writing to you to express their grave concern and to call upon your intervention in relation to the violent crackdown against peaceful protesters in the aftermath of the presidential elections held on 9 August 2020 in Belarus.

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August 24, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Belarus

Burundi: Vital role of the Commission of Inquiry in prompting meaningful human rights progress

August 21, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Burundi