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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Egypt:  Arrest, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of Mr. Tarek Hussein

June 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

United Arab Emirates:  End the arbitrary imprisonment of prominent rights defender Ahmed Mansoor

June 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Turkey:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Mr. Erol Önderoglu, Mr. Ahmet Nesin and Mr. Murat Çelikkan

June 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment targeting members of the Organic Farming for Gorillas (OFFGO)

June 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Cambodia:  Acts of Intimidation and harassment against Mr. Thun Ratha

June 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Taner Kilic

June 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Egypt:  Joint NGO Letter: Call for Strong Action on Egypt at the UN Human Rights Council

June 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Guatemala:  Intimidación y amenazas contra Aura Lolita Chávez y otros integrantes del Consejo de Pueblos K'iche' (CPK)

June 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Bahrain:  Harassment of various human rights defenders, including excessive use of force, ill-treatment and torture in custody

June 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Bahrain:  UN Member and Observer States should call on Bahraini authorities to free human rights defender Nabeel Rajab

June 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Azerbaijan:  Joint NGO Letter to INTERPOL: Prevent misuse of INTERPOL in the case of Leyla and Arif Yunus

June 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Tanzania:  Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of Mr. Ole Ngurumwa Onesmo and Mr. John Baraka.

June 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

Chad:  Dégradation de l'état de santé, liberté provisoire et poursuite du harcèlement judiciaire de Mr. Maoundoe Declador

June 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Tanzania:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Maxence Melo and Mr. Mike William

June 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

Hungary:  Open letter to the members of Parliament: Call to vote down the proposed “Law on the Transparency of Organisations Receiving Support from Abroad”

June 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hungary