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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Bahrain:  Harassment of various human rights defenders, including excessive use of force, ill-treatment and torture in custody

June 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Bahrain:  UN Member and Observer States should call on Bahraini authorities to free human rights defender Nabeel Rajab

June 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Azerbaijan:  Joint NGO Letter to INTERPOL: Prevent misuse of INTERPOL in the case of Leyla and Arif Yunus

June 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Tanzania:  Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of Mr. Ole Ngurumwa Onesmo and Mr. John Baraka.

June 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

Chad:  Dégradation de l'état de santé, liberté provisoire et poursuite du harcèlement judiciaire de Mr. Maoundoe Declador

June 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Tanzania:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Maxence Melo and Mr. Mike William

June 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

Hungary:  Open letter to the members of Parliament: Call to vote down the proposed “Law on the Transparency of Organisations Receiving Support from Abroad”

June 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hungary

Joint Open Letter: GEORGIA/AZERBAIJAN: Abduction of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli

June 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan, Georgia

Joint Open Letter to the EU: HONDURAS: Visit to Brussels of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Honduras

June 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Honduras

Maldives:  Joint Open Letter to Member and Observer States of the UN HRC on the Human Rights Situation in the Maldives

June 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives

Bangladesh:  Release on bail of Hasan Ali and Aslam Ali, two journalists associated with Odhikar

June 2, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Egypt:  Joint Statement: New Law Will Cripple Egyptian NGOs

June 2, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Morocco:  Un septième report consécutif en mépris du droit à un procès équitable

June 2, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Belarus:  Re-arrest and arbitrary detention of Mr. Pavel Levinau, board member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee

June 2, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Korea, (South) Republic of:  Supreme Court upholds three years’ prison sentence for trade unionist Han Sang-gyun

June 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of