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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Zimbabwe:  Acquittal of Pastor Evan Mawarire

December 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

South Africa:  ESCR-Net condemns murder of Sibonelo Patrick Mpeku, calls for end to attacks against South African human rights defenders

December 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  South Africa

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

Bahrain:  Call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab, as prison sentence is upheld

November 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Guatemala:  International Statement on the draft NGO Law in Guatemala

November 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Bahrain:  15 Rights Groups to US, UK and EU: Support Nabeel Rajab Ahead of the Appeal Judgement Against 2-Year Sentence For Speaking to Press

November 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Egypt:  Death in custody of Mr. Gamal Sorour and judicial harassment of 32 Nubian rights activists

November 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Colombia:  Comunicado de prensa: ¡Basta de estigmatización a las personas defensoras de derechos humanos!

November 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire et du harcèlement judiciaire de MM. Timothée Mbuya, Jean Pierre Tshibitshabu, Erick Omari Omba, Patrick Mbuya Kwecha et Jean Mulenda

November 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Equatorial Guinea:  Open letter to the President: Release Artist and Writer Ramón Esono Ebalé

November 15, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea