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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India:  Murder of Mr. Lafiqul Islam Ahmed

August 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Kazakhstan:  Press Release: UN body declares the detention of Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayanov arbitrary

August 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Mexico:  Comunicado de prensa: México debe cumplir la Opinión de la ONU y liberar al defensor Pablo López Alavéz

August 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Chile:  Comunicado conjunto: Estado chileno debe abstenerse de utilizar la Ley Antiterrorista en juicio a Machi Linconao y Mapuches

August 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Bahrain:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Ebtisam Al-Saegh as well as of Mr. Mohammed Al-Shakhoori and Mr. Radhi Saleh Al-Qatari

August 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mandalay farmers and two land rights defenders of the Farmers Network Interest of Farmers and Labor (FNI-FL)

August 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Burundi:  Le placement en détention de Mr. Germain Rukuki confirmé par la Chambre de conseil

August 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Philippines:  Threats and acts of intimidation against Ms. Cristina "Tinay" Palabay, Secretary General of Karapatan

August 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Thailand:  Sentence against student and pro-democracy activist Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (aka Pai)

August 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Kenya:  Press Release: Authorities should re-register leading human rights NGOs harassed for election monitoring work

August 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Cambodia:  Joint Statement: On the 1st anniversary of the arbitrary detention of land rights defender Tep Vanny, CSOs call for her release #FreeTepVanny

August 15, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Turkey:  Seven human rights defenders remain arbitrarily detained and the two others released keep being judicially harassed

August 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Kyrgyzstan:  Unlawful restriction of property rights of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov.

August 11, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Belarus:  Judicial harassment against several leaders of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union of Radio and Electronic Industry Workers (REP) and the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU)

August 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Bahrain:  Nabeel Rajab's hearing postponed until September 11, 2017

August 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain