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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Saudi Arabia:  Crackdown on Saudi women human rights defenders sets off alarms Over 30 human rights groups call for their immediate release

June 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Colombia:  Amenazas de muerte en contra del Sr. Héctor Sánchez Gómez, representante legal de la Asociación Comité Ambiental Agrario y Comunitario de Puerto Gaitán, y de la Junta de Acción Comunal de la vereda Rubiales.

June 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Asesinato del Sr. Ramón Choc Sacrab, miembro del CCDA y autoridad indígena de la comunidad Ixloc San Pedrito de Cobán, Alta Verapaz.

June 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Honduras:  Comunicado de prensa: Histórico juicio contra 3 policías por ataque contra 12 personas defensoras debe acabar en condena

May 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Venezuela:  Joint Press Release: Cases of arbitrary detention of Gregory Hinds and Geraldine Chacón presented to the UN

May 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Wael Abbas, journalist

May 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba

May 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Equatorial Guinea:  Artist, Finally Free, Leaves Country

May 30, 2018  |  Statements  |  Equatorial Guinea

Colombia:  Atentado contra María Ruth Sanabria, integrante de la Junta Directiva del CPDH, Seccional Arauca

May 30, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

France:  Judicial harassment against "the 3 of Friançon"

May 29, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Saudi Arabia:  Incommunicado detention of Mr. Mohamed al-Bejadi and ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Eman al-Nafjan, Ms. Aziza al-Youssef, Ms. Loujain al-Hathloul, Mr. Mohammed al-Rabiah and Mr. Ibrahim al-Mudaimeegh

May 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Chile:  Machi Linconao absuelta pero sesgo contra Mapuches continúa

May 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

India:  Repression of a peaceful protest resulting in the death of 13 protesters in Thoothukudi District, Tamil Nadu

May 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Niger:  This 25 May marks two months in detention of 26 activists and civil society members

May 25, 2018  |  Statements  |  Niger

Korea, (South) Republic of:  Release of KCTU former President Mr. Han Sang-gyun and ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Lee Young-joo

May 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of