Recent news and events

Statement: Israel/Palestine: International Community Must Act on Torture Crisis

Joint statement from the United Against Torture Consortium from 24 February, 2024.

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Statement: Bangladesh: Arbitrary detention and impunity for torture continues after elections

Joint statement from 2 February, 2024.

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Pledge submitted by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) to the Human Rights 75 Secretariat on behalf of the United Against Torture Consortium

December 2023

We, the United Against Torture Consortium, pledge to strengthen and expand the anti-torture movement and its impact on the eradication of torture and other ill-treatment worldwide...

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Statement: Universally Prohibited, still widely practiced: it is time to stand united against torture

Joint statement from the United Against Torture Consortium marking the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December, 2023.

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Statement: Bangladesh: Government must end torture ahead of elections

Joint statement from 26 October, 2023, signed by

  • Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
  • International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
  • Omega Research Foundation
  • REDRESS
  • World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

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Statement: Israel – OPT/Gaza: urgent need to protect civilians on all sides and to ensure humanitarian access to those in need

Joint statement from 18 October, 2023, signed by

  • World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
  • International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
  • Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
  • Omega Research Foundation

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#UnitedAgainstTorture Consortium Announcement

With torture still widespread across the world, and marking 26 June UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, six of the world’s leading anti-torture organisations, in partnership with over 200 civil society organisations and other partners in 100+ countries, have joined forces to strengthen and expand the anti-torture movement by pooling expertise in torture prevention, protection, rehabilitation and strategic litigation.

The #UnitedAgainstTorture consortium brings together the global memberships of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT) with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), Omega Research Foundation and REDRESS.

Funded by the European Union, #UnitedAgainstTorture will work in partnership with national civil society organisations and other partners worldwide to build a global movement. The three-year, €8.5m project will provide grants to directly assist thousands of torture survivors, and strengthen local staff capacity to advocate with national actors responsible for torture prevention and rehabilitation. Survivors’ experiences and, for those who wish, their direct participation will be at the centre of the consortium’s torture prevention, rehabilitation and justice processes, both nationally and internationally.

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New report: '“My Eye Exploded”: the Global Abuse of Kinetic Impact Projectiles' released 14 March 2023

The report, My Eye Exploded, published jointly with Amnesty International, is based on research in more than 30 countries over the last five years. It documents how thousands of protesters and bystanders have been maimed and dozens killed by the often reckless and disproportionate use of less lethal law enforcement weaponry, including kinetic impact projectiles (KIPs), such as rubber bullets, as well as the firing of rubberized buckshot, and tear gas grenades aimed and fired directly at demonstrators. Given the grave human rights impacts of KIPs, strict national, regional and global regulation over not just their adoption and use, but their design and trade is essential. This includes the creation of a robust Torture-Free Trade Treaty which bans inherently abusive law enforcement equipment and introduces strict, human rights-based trade controls on other equipment.

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Torture-Free Trade Treaty Summit & The Shoreditch Declaration, January 2023

On 18th and 19th January, Omega researchers attended the Torture-Free Trade Treaty Summit at the Human Rights Action Centre in London. The Summit was organised by Amnesty International, Omega, the Harvard International Human Rights Law Clinic, the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT). Attended by over 50 in-person participants, and more than 60 virtual participants, the Summit was an opportunity for civil society from around the world to make connections, share knowledge, and further the campaign for a Torture-Free Trade Treaty. More information on the process towards a Torture-Free Trade Treaty to date is available on our dedicated webpage.

At the close of the Summit, more than 30 orgaisations - including the Omega Research Foundation - signed the Shoreditch Declaration for a Torture-Free Trade Treaty...

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New publication! December 2022

Omega Research Foundation & University of Bradford researcher, Michael Crowley, has a new book out now! 'Toxin and Bioregulator Weapons: Preventing the Misuse of the Chemical and Life Sciences', is co-written with Malclom R. Dando (University of Bradford, The Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellow).

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México: Cierre del Curso sobre identificación y litigio de casos de malos tratos y tortura, Diciembre

El 8 de diciembre de 2022, llegó a su conclusión el Curso sobre identificación y litigio de casos de malos tratos y tortura, adelantada por Omega Research Foundation en colaboración con la Escuela Federal de Formación Judicial y el Instituto Federal de Defensoría Pública. El curso se dirigió a aproximadamente 60 personas defensoras públicas federales.

Las personas participantes se dividieron en dos grupos, cada uno participando en un programa de nueve módulos diseñados específicamente para defensores públicos. Los temas abordados incluyeron: estándares internacionales y nacionales en materia de prevención, investigación y sanción de la tortura, con un enfoque particular en el papel de la defensa pública; estándares sobre el uso de la fuerza; métodos de tortura; y la documentación mediante evaluaciones médico-sicológicos a la luz del Protocolo de Estambul: Manual para la investigación y documentación eficaces de la tortura y otros tratos o penas crueles, inhumanos o degradantes.

El el transcurso de este año, Omega Research Foundation ha acompañado a 120 personas defensoras públicas de todos los estados de México, así como a la Unidad Especializada de Investigación y Litigio del Caso Ayotzinapa, brindando capacitación y asistencia técnica para la aplicacion de la prohibición absoluta de la tortura....

 

Open letter to FIFA regarding the Kanjuruhan Stadium disaster, October 2022

Omega and Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS, Indonesia) have written to FIFA to express our express strong concern regarding the human rights violations by Indonesian police and military in the 2022 Kanjuruhan Stadium disaster.

We have recommended that that FIFA should take the following steps to avert such a tragedy occurring again.

  1. Recommend all affiliated associations of FIFA to incorporate Article 19 (b) of the FIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulations into their national regulations thus prohibiting the carrying and use of firearms and ‘crowd control gas’ at all football matches.
  2. Encourage the Indonesian government to take appropriate action to provide effective remedies to victims and victims’ families.
  3. Encourage the Indonesian government to establish a fully independent fact-finding team.
  4. Review steps taken by PSSI to address safety and security issues and ensure they are adequate to prevent such a tragedy happening again.
  5. Ensure FIFA takes applicable disciplinary or punitive action against PSSI.

The full letter can be read here