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Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Nay Myo Lin and judicial harassment of five other journalists

April 3, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Venezuela:  Detención arbitraria, malos tratos y criminalización contra Henderson Maldonado, abogado del Movimiento Vinotinto

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April 3, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Guatemala:  Cesen los ataques a periodistas - Pronunciamiento conjunto


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April 3, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Turkey:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Nurcan Baysal

April 2, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Guinea:  Intimidation acts against Mr. Ibrahima Diallo

April 2, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

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Peru: New Law 31012 on Police Protection Violates Internacional Human Rights Standards and Fosters Impunity

April 1, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Turkey: Grant early release from overcrowded prisons without discrimination

While welcoming the current intentions in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on the early release of prisoners due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OMCT Europe urges legislators to not discriminate against any group of inmates on the basis of political opinion, ethnic, racial, religious differences or human rights activism.

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March 31, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Turkey

Hungary: COVID-19 is no pretext to quarantine the rule of law

Geneva-Brussels, March 30, 2020 – The Hungarian Parliament is voting today on a draft law on the state of emergency in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic that would grant the Executive carte blanche to rule by decree for an indefinite period without meaningful legislative or judicial control. The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) calls for the rejection of a bill that lacks essential safeguards for fundamental human rights and undermines the most essential tenets of democracy. It further urges European Governments to do everything in their power to keep the rule of law in Hungary.

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March 30, 2020  |   Press Releases  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hungary

Covid-19 and prisons in Africa: the risks of contamination are enormous

March 26, 2020  |   Assistance to victims  |  Statements  |  Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Togo

Venezuela: Press Release - “Internal enemies” – the open season on human rights defenders

March 11, 2020  |   Press Releases  |  Statements  |  Venezuela

India: Jammu & Kashmir - grave concern expressed by human rights organisations at 43rd Human Rights Council over human rights violations

March 11, 2020  |  Statements  |  India

Iran: Three men at risk of execution after participating in November 2019 protests

March 6, 2020  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Iran

43rd session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children and Sexual Exploitation

March 3, 2020  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements

COVID-19: Urgent measures must be taken by MENA governments to protect the prison population

​In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak—qualified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO)—we, the undersigned organizations, express grave concern over the situation of detainees and prisoners across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While certain states in the region have taken some positive steps to protect the general population, the prison population remains particularly vulnerable. 

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March 1, 2020  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Statements

India: Citizenship (Amendment) Act violates international law

March 1, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  India