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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United Arab Emirates:  One year on, award-winning human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor's whereabouts remain unknown

March 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Colombia:  European parlamentarians express concern for the situation of human rights defenders in Colombia

March 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Russian Federation:  Ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Oyub Titiev

March 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Philippines:  Unfounded terrorist accusations against dozens of human rights defenders

March 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Brazil:  Killing of human rights defender Ms. Marielle Franco

March 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Egypt:  Ongoing judicial harassment of 32 Nubian human rights defenders

March 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Honduras:  Detención arbitraria, criminalización y campaña de desprestigio en contra del Sr. Edwin Róbelo Espinal

March 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba

March 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Burundi:  Détention arbitraire et condamnation de MM. Aimé Constant Gatore, Marius Nizigama et Emmanuel Nshimirimana

March 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Sudan:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Osman Salih, Mr. Salih Mahmoud Osman, and Mr. Amjed Fareed, and release of Mohammed Abdulmonim.

March 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

India:  Intimidation and harassment against Ms. Ranjeeta Sadokpam and her family

March 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Saudi Arabia:  Urgent call for release of Saudi human rights defenders

March 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Peru:  Amenazas en contra de los defensores ambientales de la Reserva ecológica de Chaparrí

March 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Cambodia:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Heng Sok

March 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Russian Federation:  Ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Oyub Titiev

March 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation