The OMCT president described this particular year thus: “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’s work in 2011 was characterised by greater efforts in many ways:
- The OMCT opened an office in Tunisia to support the numerous missions carried out in that country as well as the mission it was requested to undertake to Libya, and also to test the feasibility of more decentralised action in the Arab world.
- In early 2011, the OMCT submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court challenging the practice of all encompassing invocations of State secrecy that ban any legal recourse in cases of the international crime of torture.
- In December 2011, 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.