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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China:  Free Li Ming-Che: Joint Statement from NGOs

March 30, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Belarus:  Press Release: Crackdown continues, more human rights defenders detained

March 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Djibouti:   Libération de Omar Ali Ewado, fondateur de la Ligue djiboutienne des droits humains

March 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti

Nicaragua:  Threats against Vilma Núñez, Lottie Cunningham, Juana Bilbano and Francisca Ramírez.

March 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

United Arab Emirates:  Stop paying lip service to human rights and release Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith

March 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Belarus:  Civic Solidarity Platform condemns mass detentions and police violence against peaceful demonstrators, calls for a strong reaction by the international community

March 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Belarus:  HRC “Viasna” office unlawfully raided, dozens arrested

March 25, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Turkey:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Mr. Erol Önderoglu and Mr. Ahmet Nesin

March 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Belarus:  Conviction of two members of Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Head of the Human Rights Center “Legal Assistance to the Population”

March 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Turkey:  Provisional release of Mr. Raci Bilici, IHD Vice-President

March 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Egypt:  State Council's report declared illegal the administrative closure order against El Nadeem Clinic

March 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Belarus:  Open Letter to the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka RE: Wave of detentions and Harassment

March 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Bahrain:  After 282 days of arbitrary detention, human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s trial postponed once again

March 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Malaysia:  Sentencing of Ms. Lena Hendry for screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war

March 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia

Djibouti:  Arrest and arbitrary detention of human rights defender Omar Ali Ewado

March 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti