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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Honduras:  Tortura y asesinato de Luis Fernando Ayala, adolescente de 16 años de edad, defensor de los derechos ambientales

March 2, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Egypt:  Judicial harrassment of 32 Nubian human rights defenders

March 1, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Statement to the 37th Human Rights Council - Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

March 1, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Mexico, Turkey

Congo, Democratic Republic:   Assassinat de M. Rossy Mukendi Tshimanga

March 1, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

United Arab Emirates:  Lawyers attempt to reach human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, who is held incommunicado in United Arab Emirates

February 27, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Equatorial Guinea:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of cartoonist and blogger Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé (aka Jamón y Queso)

February 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

Philippines:  Release of Senator Leila de Lima urged on the one-year anniversary of her detention

February 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Bahrain:  Nabeel Rajab sentenced to five more years in prison for tweeting in unfair trial proceedings, according to trial observation mission

February 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Greece:  Impunity regarding the attacks perpetrated in December 2016 against minority human rights defenders

February 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Sudan:  Release of Ms. Rawa Jaafar Bakhit, Ms. Nahid Jabrallah, Ms. Amel Habani, Ms. Hanan Hassan Khalifa, and Mr. Mohamed Abdallah Aldouma.

February 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Egypt:  State Security Emergency Court expected to reach a verdict in the trial of the 32 Nubian human rights defensers

February 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Mexico:  Asesinato de 3 integrantes del Comité de Defensa de los pueblos Indígenas (CODEDI) e intento de asesinato del miembro fundador Abraham Ramírez Vásquez

February 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Bahrain:  Joint Press Release: The price for speaking out: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweeting in Bahrain

February 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Thailand:  Judicial harassment of seven defenders for their involvement in a peaceful demonstration

February 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Guatemala:  Intento de asesinato de la Fiscal de Derechos Humanos Sonia Montes

February 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala