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Colombia:  Asesinato de la defensora Carlota Isabel Salinas Pérez

March 31, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Thailand:  End judicial harassment of human rights defenders, repeal criminal defamation laws

March 30, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Ibrahim Ezz El-Din

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Ibrahim Ezz El-Din, researcher on the right to housing at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), a human rights law firm based in Cairo operating in several governorates.

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March 27, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Bahey el-Din Hassan, CIHRS Director

March 27, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Venezuela:  Press release: The coronavirus as a pretext to silence defenders and journalists

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March 26, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

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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

43rd session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

February 28, 2020  |  Statements  |  Bahrain, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Venezuela

Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras: 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council: Oral statement on the situation of human rights

February 28, 2020  |  Statements  |  Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras