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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Lao People's Democ. Rep.:  Five years on, 122 organizations worldwide demand to know: “Where is Sombath?”

December 15, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Lao People's Democ. Rep.

Cambodia:  Sentencing of land rights defenders Ms. Tep Vanny, Ms. Bo Chhorvy and Ms. Kong Chantha

December 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Safeguarding civil society participation in the Helsinki process - a matter of the OSCE’s raison d’être

December 11, 2017  |  Statements

Human Rights Day: Our turn to make noise for human rights defenders

December 11, 2017  |  Statements

Singapore:  Judicial harassment against Mr. Jolovan Wham and eight other peaceful demonstrators

December 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Mexico:  6 años de desaparición forzada de Eva Alarcón y Marcial Bautista, 6 años de inacción de las autoridades mexicanas

December 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Honduras:  En el actual contexto electoral, organizaciones internacionales se manifiestan en contra de la violencia contra defensoras y defensora de derechos humanos en Honduras

December 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Condamnation de MM. Mbuya, Tsihibitshabu, Mbuya Kwecha et Mulenda, et libération de M. Omari Omba

December 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Zimbabwe:  Acquittal of Pastor Evan Mawarire

December 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

China:  Sentencing of Mr. Li Ming-Che to five years in prison

December 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Philippines:  Killing of Ms. Elisa Badayos and Mr. Eleuterio Moises

December 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Bahrain:  Ongoing obstacles to Ms. Nedal Al Salman's freedom of movement

November 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Burundi:  Détention arbitraire de M. Nestor Nibitanga, ex-représentant de l'APRODH de la région centre-est

November 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Cambodia:  Prominent human rights NGO ordered to close down

November 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

China:  Sentencing of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong to two years’ imprisonment

November 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China