Human rights defenders

Fighting for respect for human rights is a high-risk activity, and groups and individuals in more than 80 countries who commit themselves to this struggle are often targeted by State authorities and private groups. Human rights defenders are victims of threats, attacks, arrests, arbitrary detentions and acts of torture. Since its creation, OMCT has been a pioneer in the protection of human rights defenders by denouncing the repression to which they are subjected. In 1997, OMCT established the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in partnership with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). This unique collaboration is based on the complementary approaches of the two organisations and makes full and profitable use of their respective NGO networks. In 2007, OMCT established « Defend the defenders », a sponsorship project with Swiss personalities aiming at mobilising public opinion, the only counterweight to the arbitrary power of States. [Read more…]

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Bahrain:  Judicial harassment and travel ban against 22 human rights activists ahead of Bahrain's UPR

April 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Cambodia:  #FreeThe5KH, arbitrarily detained for one year

April 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia
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Ecuador:  Jimpikit Agustín Wachapá Atsasu released after 4 months of arbitrary detention but his criminalisation is ongoing

April 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador
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Turkey:  Conviction and sentence against Dr. Serdar Küni (T?HV)

April 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey
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Finalists Announced for Martin Ennals Award 2017

April 26, 2017  |  Statements  |  Cambodia, Egypt, El Salvador
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Maldives:  Murder of human rights activist and blogger Yameen Rasheed

April 25, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives
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Bahrain:  Appeal to release Nabeel Rajab and Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and concern over their deteriorating health

April 25, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Colombia:  Assassination of indigenous leader Gerson Acosta Salazar

April 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Ay?e Dicle, Co-Chair of MEYA-DER

April 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

United Arab Emirates:  Joint Statement: Free prominent rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, held on speech-related charges

April 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Honduras:  Carta a la Corte Suprema de Justicia: Petición de admisión y declaración con lugar de la acción de inconstitucionalidad presentada en contra de los decretos que autorizan el proyecto hidroeléctrico Agua Zarca

April 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

China:  Continued incommunicado detention of Mr. Li Ming-Che

April 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Colombia:  Various attacks against members of Congreso de los Pueblos

April 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Turkey:  Conviction of human rights lawyer Muharrem Erbey

April 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Ecuador:  Arbitrary detention of indigenous leader Jimpikit Agustín Wachapá Atsasu

April 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador