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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Thailand:  Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk’s sentence reduced, injustice continues

February 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Bahrain:  Nabeel Rajab's trial to resume after nine postponements

February 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Nicaragua:  Reacción del CENIDH sobre la Resolución del Parlamento Europeo, de 16 de febrero de 2017, sobre la situación de los derechos humanos y la democracia en Nicaragua – el caso de Francisca Ramírez (2017/2563(RSP)

February 21, 2017  |  Statements  |  Nicaragua

Bolivia:  Irrupción violenta y allanamiento de la sede de la APDHB y actos de intimidación contra su presidenta María Amparo Carvajal Baños

February 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bolivia

China:  Joint Letter to the Human Rights Council calling for a sustaining attention to human rights violations in China

February 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Saudi Arabia:  Judicial harassment of Ms Samar Badawi

February 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Guatemala:  European Parliament mobilises for Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala

February 16, 2017  |  Statements  |  Guatemala

Kyrgyzstan:  Kyrgyzstan’s retrial of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov a mockery unworthy of closer EU ties, Observatory reports - Publication of an international judicial observation report

February 15, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Kyrgyzstan

Guatemala:  Detención arbitraria y hostigamiento judicial contra Abelino Chub Caal

February 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Kazakhstan:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayanov

February 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Egypt:  Administrative closure by the police of El Nadeem Center

February 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Mexico:  International mission conclusions - Three defenders arbitrarily detained since more than 3 years must be released!

February 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

India:  Ongoing judicial harassment of human rights defenders Ms. Teesta Setalvad and her husband, Mr. Javed Anand

February 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Thailand:  Continued arbitrary detention of student and pro-democracy activist Mr. Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (aka Pai)

February 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Guatemala:  Assassination of the land rights defender Sr. Sebastián Alonzo Juan

February 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala