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:  Death threats against CIHRS Director Bahey el-Din Hassan: European States and US must take measures to protect Egyptian human rights defenders, both home and abroad

April 18, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Sudan:  Release of Mr. Osman Salih, Mr. Salih Mahmoud Osman, and Mr. Amjed Fareed.

April 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Killing of indigenous land rights defender Mr. O Moo

April 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Italy / EU: Incautación del barco de la ONG Proactiva Open Arms, amenazas de muerte y criminalización de tres de sus responsables

April 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Italy

Togo:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Assiba Johnson

April 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Haiti:  Death threats against Mr. Pierre Espérance, Executive Director of RNDDH and attack against RNDDH's premises.

April 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Haiti

Brazil:  Detención arbitraria y criminalización del Padre José Amaro Lopes Sousa, miembro de la Comisión Pastoral de la Tierra (CPT)

April 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Morocco:  Détention arbitraire de M. Zine El Abidine Erradi, membre de l'Association marocaine des droits humains

April 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

India:  Acts of intimidation and harassment against Ms. Salima Memcha, EEVFAM Thoubal District Coordinator

April 10, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Omar Mohamed Ali

April 10, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Cameroon:  Ongoing detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Mancho Bibixy Tse (known as BBC)

April 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Viet Nam:  Arbitrary detention and sentencing of six members of Brotherhood for Democracy

April 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Mexico:  National Human Rights Commission cites federal authorities’ responsibility for serious violations committed against human rights defenders Damián Gallardo and Enrique Guerrero

April 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Arrestation, détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire de M. Eliezer Ntambwe Mposi

April 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Niger:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire de M. Ali Idrissa, M. Moussa Tchangari, M. Nouhou Mahamadou Arzika et Me. Lirwana Abdourahmane

April 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger