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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Honduras:  Carta conjunta: Decálogo de recomendaciones para los candidatos presidenciales

October 30, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Honduras

Turkey:  Eight human rights defenders temporally released but judicial harassment is still ongoing

October 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Bahrain:  Continued judicial harassment, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

October 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Bahrain:  Provisional release and ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Ebtisam Al-Saegh, Mr. Mohammed Al-Shakhoori, and Mr. Radhi Saleh Al-Qatari

October 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Chile:  Comunicado de prensa: ¡La defensora Machi Francisca Linconao y los comuneros mapuches absueltos!

October 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

France:  Note conjointe: Vers une politique assume?e de criminalisation des de?fenseures des droits des migrants ?

October 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Mexico:  Comunicado conjunto: Organizaciones Internacionales condenan la acción de la CNDH en casos de detención arbitraria contra personas defensoras de DH

October 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Chile:  Publicación de Nota de Misión de Observación Judicial: Proceso con irregularidades graves debe impedir condena de Defensora Machi Francisca Linconao y comuneros mapuches

October 20, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Chile

Uganda:  Administrative harassment faced by several NGOs

October 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Turkey:  Indictment on terrorism charges of 11 human rights defenders

October 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Sentencing of environmental rights defender Mr. Khaing Myo Htun to 18 months in prison

October 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

2017 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders goes to Mohamed Zaree

October 10, 2017  |  Statements

Uzbekistan:  Press Release: Release of human rights defenders a positive sign, others must follow

October 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uzbekistan

Colombia:  Report reveals the role of business and State actors in increasing threats to land and environmental rights defenders

October 5, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Colombia

Honduras:  Carta conjunta: 183 organizaciones internacionales denuncian escalada de represión contra defensoras de derechos humanos en Honduras

October 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras