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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Honduras:  Video: MEPs and international civil society organisations support Berta Cáceres' family and COPINH

May 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Niger:  Arrest and summoning of Mr. Ali Idrissa, national coordinator of ROTAB and PCQVP

May 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Viet Nam:  Workshop banned, harassment of human rights defenders continues

May 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Pakistan:  Gunshot attack against Mr. Imran Anjum

May 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Kazakhstan:  Physical attack against Mr. Ramazan Yesergepov, chairman of the Journalists in Trouble Public Foundation

May 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Chad:  Arrestation et détention au secret de Maoundoe Declador, du collectif citoyen « Ça doit changer »

May 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Turkey:  Developments in the trial against human rights lawyer Levent Pi?kin

May 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Azerbaijan/The Netherlands: Azeri Court issues decision ordering Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunusov to be forcibly returned to Azerbaijan

May 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan, Netherlands

Kenya:  Last warning from the court to implement the PBO Act 2013 within 30 days

May 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Peru:  Absolución de Máxima Acuña en el proceso penal en el que estaba siendo criminalizada por parte de la empresa minera Yanacocha

May 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Venezuela:  Criminalización del Sr. Ehisler Moisés Vásquez Caridad, fundador y miembro de FUNPAZ

May 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Mexico:  Joint Press Release: 4 years after the arbitrary detention of Damián Gallardo and Enrique Guerrero the European Parliament and civi society demand their release

May 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Mohamed Zaree, Egypt Director (CIHRS) summoned to appear before the investigative judge in the NGO Funding Case

May 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Vacancy Announcement: Human Rights Officer / Human Rights Defenders Programme

May 17, 2017  |  Links

Turkey:  Schedule of the trial of human rights lawyer Levent Pi?kin

May 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey