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:  La situación de las personas defensoras, un reflejo del deterioro de los derechos humanos en el país

October 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Kazakhstan:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Larisa Kharkova, President of KNPRK, and threats against her relatives and colleagues.

October 4, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

France:  Communiqué conjoint: Vers une politique assumée de criminalisation des défenseurs des droits des migrants ?

October 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

India:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of land rights activist Mr. Akhil Gogoi

September 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Israel:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Salah Hamouri

September 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

Egypt:  Attempt of closure by Egyptian authorities of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF).

September 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Zimbabwe:  Arbitrary arrest, subsequent release and ongoing judicial harassment against Pastor Evan Mawarire

September 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Congo, Democratic Republic:  20 eurodéputés parrainent 20 défenseurs congolais

September 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Free Rights Activists

September 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Uganda:  Authorities attempt to silence human rights organisations ahead of constitutional amendment

September 25, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Egypt:  Torture and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy

September 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Morocco:  Arbitrary detention of Messrs. Hamid El Mahdaoui and Rabie Al-Albak

September 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Argentina:  Actos difamatorios y amenazas contra José Ernesto Schulman, Secretario Nacional de la LADH

September 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Argentina

Uganda:  Shooting of Mr. James Rukanpana and judicial harassment of four other TLC members

September 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire de MM. Mbuya, Tshibitshabu, Omari Omba, Mbuya Kwecha et Mulenda

September 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic