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India:  Police harassment of four human rights defenders for criticising the management of COVID-19 pandemic in Manipur State

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary detention and police harassment of Messrs. Roy Laifungbam, Takhenchangbam Shadishkanta, Khangjrakpam Phajaton and Konsam Victor Singhfour human rights defenders in Manipur State, in relation to statements the four made to criticise the management of the current COVID-19 pandemic by local authorities.

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April 8, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India
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Venezuela:  Release and ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Darvinson Rojas

April 7, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela
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China:  Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang put on compulsory quarantine upon his release


On April 5, 2020, Chinese authorities ordered the release of Mr. Wang Quanzhang upon completion of his four-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Nonetheless, Mr. Wang was immediately transferred to his hometown in Jinan, in the North-Eastern province of Shandong, to undergo a 14-day quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, he was prevented from reuniting with his wife and son, who live in Beijing.

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April 7, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China
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Philippines:  Immediately release Filipino political prisoners and end detention and ill-treatment of curfew violators

April 6, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Philippines
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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)
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Open letter regarding the temporary absence granted to Mr. Hissen Habré

April 9, 2020  |   Assistance to victims, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Chad, Senegal
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Philippines: Children’s rights must be respected while containing the COVID-19 virus

April 9, 2020  |  Statements  |  Philippines
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A call for creative solutions to keep up human rights work in times of pandemic

April 9, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

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