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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Viet Nam:  Prominent Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh sentenced to 10 years in prison

June 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Thailand:  Arbitrary detention and subsequent release on bail of pro-democracy activist Mr. Rome Rangsiman

June 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Cambodia:  Joint statement: CSOs condemn discriminatory denial of medical care to #FreeThe5KH detainees

June 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Mexico:  Illegal surveillance against various human rights defenders, journalists and anti-corruption activists

June 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Colombia:  Release on parole of David Ravelo Crespo, after almost 7 years in jail

June 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Comunicado de prensa: Llamado al cese a la impunidad y preocupación por las personas defensoras de derechos humanos a un año de la represión en Nochixtlán

June 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention, release on bail and judicial harassment against Ms. Esraa Fehead and Mr. Mahmoud Naguib

June 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

India:  Police harassment and intimidation against Mr. Sanjit Mondal, MASUM District Human Rights Monitor

June 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Cameroon:  Death threats against Ms. Maximilienne Ngo Mbe, executive director of REDHAC

June 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Colombia:  Avances en la investigación sobre el asesinato del Sr. Daniel Abril

June 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

India:  Arbitrary detention and alleged torture of Mr. Panda Podiyami

June 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Egypt:  Arrest, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of Mr. Tarek Hussein

June 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

United Arab Emirates:  End the arbitrary imprisonment of prominent rights defender Ahmed Mansoor

June 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

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

June 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment targeting members of the Organic Farming for Gorillas (OFFGO)

June 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon