In the words of the OMCT president, this was a particular year:
“The year 2011 will remain the year of hope, born of the Arab Spring. The OMCT rejoiced that people rose up in the name of human rights, and to see among them many whom the organisation had defended during the years of dictatorship and who had returned from exile or prison. Now our task is to do all we can to make sure that respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights is sustained and, as far as the OMCT in concerned, that the practice of torture ends and never reappears”.
The OMCT opened an office in Tunisia to support the numerous missions carried out in a country that had been the cradle of the Arab Spring and explore possibilities to work in Libya and beyond.
Another highlight was the submission of an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court challenging the use of State secrecy to ban any legal recourse in cases of torture. In December, the OMCT secured the first-ever ruling by the UN Human Rights Committee on the practice of torture and ill-treatment in Côte d’Ivoire.
Read the Annual Report 2011 here