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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Press Release - Three Human Rights Defenders selected as Finalists for the 2019 Martin Ennals Award

October 24, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

Mexico:  Comunicado conjunto: Librado Baños finalmente en libertad tras más de 5 años de detención arbitraria

October 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Kyrgyzstan:  Press Release: The Supreme Court overturns the decision of the lower court designating Reports of FIDH Member Organisations as “Extremist”

October 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Blessure de M. Rodrigue Mbusa, M. Fiston Isambiro et M. Bien Aimé Kyaviro, militants de LUCHA

October 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Ukraine:  Adoption of a “Foreign Agents” law would threaten human rights work

October 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ukraine

Russian Federation:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Yuri Dmitriyev

October 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Belarus:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Roman Kislyak

October 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Singapore:  Judicial harassment and conviction of Mr. Jolovan Wham

October 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Honduras:  Nueva ola de criminalización de las personas defensoras de derechos humanos en el Bajo Aguán

October 17, 2018  |  Statements  |  Honduras

Guatemala:  Detención del Sr. Bartolo Fuentes, periodista y defensor de derechos de los migrantes

October 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Turkey:  Lift of the travel ban against human rights lawyer Ms. Eren Keskin and ongoing judicial harassment against her

October 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Italy:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Domenico Lucano, human rights defender and Mayor of the village of Riace, Southern Italy

October 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Italy

Egypt:  Judicial harassment and restrictions to the freedom of movement against Mr. Khaled Ali

October 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Honduras:  Amenazas, señalamientos y actos de intimidación en contra de Hedme Castro, Coordinadora General de ACI PARTICIPA

October 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Mexico:  Ataques en Chiapas: Intimidación y seguimiento contra el Centro de DDHH Digna Ochoa y amenazas contra el Padre Eleazar

October 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico