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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Russian Federation:  Physical assault of Mr. Sirazhutdin Datsiyev

April 3, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Greece:  Break-in and arson attack of the Afghan Community Centre and threats targeting the Hellenic League for Human Rights by an extreme right-wing group

March 30, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Harcèlement judiciaire à l'encontre des membres du Filimbi et LUCHA

March 29, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Thailand:  Sentencing of Mr. Andy Hall, a migrant labour rights researcher.

March 28, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Belarus:  Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of seven observers of the Human Rights Center Viasna and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC), and obstacles to the right to peaceful assembly.

March 28, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Philippines:  Slanderous comments made by two high-level Government officials against human rights NGOs

March 28, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Cameroon:  Harcèlement judiciaire des six membres de Dynamique Citoyenne

March 27, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Guatemala:  Ataque físico en contra de Jorge Santos, Coordinador General de UDEFEGUA

March 26, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

United Arab Emirates:  One year on, award-winning human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor's whereabouts remain unknown

March 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Colombia:  European parlamentarians express concern for the situation of human rights defenders in Colombia

March 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Russian Federation:  Ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Oyub Titiev

March 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Philippines:  Unfounded terrorist accusations against dozens of human rights defenders

March 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Brazil:  Killing of human rights defender Ms. Marielle Franco

March 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Egypt:  Ongoing judicial harassment of 32 Nubian human rights defenders

March 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Honduras:  Detención arbitraria, criminalización y campaña de desprestigio en contra del Sr. Edwin Róbelo Espinal

March 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras