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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India:  Repression of a peaceful protest resulting in the death of 13 protesters in Thoothukudi District, Tamil Nadu

May 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Niger:  This 25 May marks two months in detention of 26 activists and civil society members

May 25, 2018  |  Statements  |  Niger

Korea, (South) Republic of:  Release of KCTU former President Mr. Han Sang-gyun and ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Lee Young-joo

May 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of

Egypt:  Abduction and incommunicado detention of Mr. Wael Abbas

May 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Mexico:  Desaparición del Dr. Ernesto Sernas García, defensor de derechos humanos y representante legal de 23 activistas en Oaxaca

May 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Saudi Arabia:  Arrest and ongoing arbitrary detention of nine human rights defenders

May 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Egypt:  Ms. Amal Fathy’s preventive detention extended for 15 additional days

May 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Thailand:  Arbitrary arrest, subsequent release and judicial harassment of 15 pro-democracy activists

May 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Guatemala:  Amenazas contra la Central de Organizaciones Indígenas Campesina Ch’orti’ Nuevo Día (CCCND) y contra su Coordinador General, Omar Jerónimo

May 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Libya:  Release of of Mr. Ramadan Althoweeb and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Essam Safar

May 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Libya

Venezuela:  Arbitrary detention and due process violations against human rights defenders Geraldine Chacón and Gregory Hinds

May 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Haytham Mohamadein

May 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Colombia:  Joint Statement to European authorities about the situation of MRVA and the areas around Hidroituango

May 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Greece:  Physical attacks and threats against refugee rights defender Ms. Ariel Ricker

May 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Guatemala:  Asesinato del Sr. Mateo Chamán Pauu, líder de la comunidad San Juan Tres Ríos de Cobán, Alta Verapaz y defensor de derechos humanos

May 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala