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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Ecuador:  Decisión arbitraria de disolución de la ONG Acción Ecológica

December 22, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador

Guatemala:  Alert regarding the escalation of aggressions against human rights defenders

December 21, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

India:  Henri Tiphagne: Engage youth to combat injustice and discrimination

December 20, 2016  |  Statements  |  India

Bahrain:  53 NGOs urge UN to voice support for Nabeel Rajab

December 20, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Kenya:  New acts of intimidation against civil society and restrictions on their access to foreign funding

December 20, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Philippines:  Rosemarie Trajano: Defending people’s rights is a risky job but someone’s got to do it

December 19, 2016  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Cambodia:  In landmark decision, UN body declares the detention of five human rights defenders arbitrary #FreeThe5KH

December 18, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Mexico:  Report launch: Arbitrary and illegal detentions - Criminalization: A state policy to hindrance the defense of Human Rights in Mexico

December 16, 2016  |  Reports and Publications  |  Mexico

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Murder of journalist and land rights defender Soe Moe Tun

December 16, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Bahrain:  Court postpones verdict for the fifth time of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, facing up to 15 years in jail

December 16, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Kenya:  Samwel Mohochi: A message to torturers and a lesson to society that violence is unjust

December 16, 2016  |  Statements  |  Kenya

Burundi:   Armel Niyongere: A duty to protect the voiceless in conflict-ridden Burundi, even in exile

December 15, 2016  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Lao People's Democ. Rep.:  On 4th anniversary of enforced disappearance, civil society demands to know: “Where is Sombath Somphone?”

December 15, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Lao People's Democ. Rep.

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Murder of Ms. Chit Pandaing

December 15, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Egypt:  Court order confirming the freezing of the personal assets of Ms. Azza Soliman and of her law firm

December 15, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt