Let’s stand together against torture: Join #HumansAgainstTorture

Torture can hit anyone, anywhere – women, men and children. It causes pain that will never go away. Governments have the means to stop torture but fail to use them. The onus therefore is on each and everyone of us to demand that torture stops. [Read more …]

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Cameroon:  Libération de M. Michel Biem Tong, journaliste et défenseur des droits humains

December 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Nicaragua:  Comunicado de prensa: OEA debe tomar medidas urgentes frente a la oleada represiva contra la sociedad civil

December 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Mohamed Ramadan, a human rights lawyer

According to the information received, on December 11, 2018, the Montazah (Alexandria) prosecution ordered Mr. Mohamed Ramadan’s pre-trial detention for 15 days pending investigation under Criminal Case 16576/2018 over charges of “spreading false news”, “joining a terrorist group and promoting his ideas”, “using social media to propagate the goals of a terrorist group” and “possessing pamphlets and yellow vests to call for protests against the government similar to the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests in France”, for allegedly posting a picture of himself in his Facebookaccount wearing a yellow vest in reference to the French “gilets jaunes” social protests and possessing five yellow vests at his place. Mr. Mohamed Ramadan denied the charges and his lawyer reminded that Egyptian law does not criminalise the possession of a yellow vest. 

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December 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Lao People's Democ. Rep.:  Six Years On, Civil Society Worldwide Demands Answers to the Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone

14 December 2018: On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our calls for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial and effective investigation to reveal his fate and whereabouts.

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December 14, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Lao People's Democ. Rep.

Nicaragua:  Press Release: The arbitrary decision to annul the legal personality of the CENIDH marks the definitive entry of the country into a dictatorial regime

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and OMCT, rejects the cancellation of the legal status of four organisations by the Nicaraguan National Assembly. This decision demonstrates that the Assembly has become a summary court dedicated to the repression of civil society organisations in the country.

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December 13, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

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Human Rights Day: A call to action - No implementation of human rights in the Universal Human Rights Declaration without human rights defenders

December 10, 2018  |  Statements

Honduras: Convocatoria abierta para apoyar a organizaciones en acciones dirigidas a implementación de las recomendaciones CAT

December 7, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Honduras

Consultancy: Baseline studies on CAT implementation – 15 countries

December 7, 2018  |  Links

December 6, 2018  |  Events  |  Switzerland, Tunisia

European Union (EU): Open Letter from NGOs in support of a targeted, global EU human rights sanctions regime

The OMCT, in partnership with 89 human rights and anti-corruption organizations from around the world, today called on the European Union (EU) to establish a targeted, global sanctions program to hold individuals and entities accountable for serious human rights violations. The call came in a joint letter to EU member states’ ministers of foreign affairs in advance of the December 10 meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council, where the issue is to be discussed. December 10 also marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nation’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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December 6, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU)

CONCEPT NOTE - Thematic briefing: Protecting women from violence through the UN Convention Against Torture

December 5, 2018  |   Violence against women  |  Statements

Joint Statement: NGOs express their concern for the lives of death row prisoners after actions taken at risk of imminent execution by Saudi government

November 27, 2018  |  Statements

Peru: Comunicado conjunto: La CNDDHH y la OMCT reclaman el final de los Estados de Emergencia en el corredor minero

November 27, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Peru

Spain: Open Letter: End the arbitrary pre-trial detention of social leader Mr. Jordi Cuixart

The OMCT condemns the ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Jordi Cuixart and Mr. Jordi Sánchez, which constitutes a disproportionate restriction on his fundamental rights to free expression, peaceful assembly and personal liberty. The OMCT further considers that the charges against them are unfounded and must therefore be dropped.

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November 22, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

Afghanistan: Joint follow-up report on Afghanistan from OMCT, CSHRN et al.

November 21, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Afghanistan