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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Tunisia:  Human rights lawyer Najet Laabidi sentenced to six months in prison

May 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tunisia

Intervention to the 60th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

May 12, 2017  |  Statements  |  Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Sudan, Zimbabwe

Bangladesh:  Arbitrary detention of two journalists associated with Odhikar

May 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Maldives:  Killing of Yameen Rasheed Underscores Urgent Need for Reform in the Maldives

May 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives

Cameroon:  Release on bail and ongoing judicial harassment of members of the Esu Youths Development Association (EYDA)

May 11, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Iran:  Briefing Note on the Repression of Trade Unionists

May 11, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Nicaragua:  Escalation of smear campaign against CENIDH and Vilma Núñez

May 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Mexico:  Varios ataques en Oaxaca incluyendo amenazas, actos de hostigamiento y un asesinato en contra de integrantes de la APIIDTT y APOYO

May 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

El Salvador:  Extortion and death threats against LGBTI defender Karla Stephanie Avelar

May 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  El Salvador

Cambodia:  Cambodian and international CSOs condemn removal of banners calling for the release of six human rights defenders

May 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Côte d'Ivoire:  The Law on Human Rights Defenders finally in force

May 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Côte d'Ivoire

Chad:  Conditional sentence and release of Messrs. Nadjo Kaina Palmer and Bertrand Solloh Ngandjei

May 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Honduras:  Physical aggression and threats against STAS' trade unionists Moisés Sánchez and Misael Sánchez

May 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Kenya:  2017 elections: Broken promises put human rights defenders at risk - Publication of an international fact-finding report

May 3, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Kenya

Azerbaijan:  Free Azerbaijani Journalist Mehman Huseynov

May 2, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan