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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Guatemala:  Amenazas contra la Central de Organizaciones Indígenas Campesina Ch’orti’ Nuevo Día (CCCND) y contra su Coordinador General, Omar Jerónimo

May 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Libya:  Release of of Mr. Ramadan Althoweeb and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Essam Safar

May 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Libya

Venezuela:  Arbitrary detention and due process violations against human rights defenders Geraldine Chacón and Gregory Hinds

May 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Haytham Mohamadein

May 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Colombia:  Joint Statement to European authorities about the situation of MRVA and the areas around Hidroituango

May 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Greece:  Physical attacks and threats against refugee rights defender Ms. Ariel Ricker

May 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Guatemala:  Asesinato del Sr. Mateo Chamán Pauu, líder de la comunidad San Juan Tres Ríos de Cobán, Alta Verapaz y defensor de derechos humanos

May 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Libya:  Arbitrary detention of Messrs. Essam Safar and Ramadan Althoweeb

May 18, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Libya

Venezuela:  Declaración Pública: Geraldine Chacón y Gregory Hinds deben ser liberados en cumplimiento de las resoluciones judiciales

May 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Guatemala:  Asesinato de José Can Xol, miembro de la Junta Directiva del CCDA y autoridad ancestral de la comunidad Choctun Basila?

May 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Cameroon:  Sentencing and arbitrary detention of Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba

May 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

India:  Arbitrary detention of Dalit rights defender Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan in Uttar Pradesh

May 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Lebanon:  Release of Mr. Ghassan Abdullah

May 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Lebanon

Nicaragua:  Difamación en contra de Vilma Núñez de Escorcia, fundadora y presidenta del CENIDH.

May 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Mexico:  Carta conjunta a las autoridades: Denunciamos tortura y amenaza de muerte contra menor de edad hijo de defensores de Derechos Humanos en Oaxaca

May 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico