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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Joint Open Letter to the EU: HONDURAS: Visit to Brussels of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Honduras

June 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Honduras

Maldives:  Joint Open Letter to Member and Observer States of the UN HRC on the Human Rights Situation in the Maldives

June 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives

Bangladesh:  Release on bail of Hasan Ali and Aslam Ali, two journalists associated with Odhikar

June 2, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Egypt:  Joint Statement: New Law Will Cripple Egyptian NGOs

June 2, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Morocco:  Un septième report consécutif en mépris du droit à un procès équitable

June 2, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Belarus:  Re-arrest and arbitrary detention of Mr. Pavel Levinau, board member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee

June 2, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Korea, (South) Republic of:  Supreme Court upholds three years’ prison sentence for trade unionist Han Sang-gyun

June 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of

Mexico:  Campaña de difamación y estigmatización en contra de Anabel López Sánchez

May 31, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Elimination of civil society signed into law by President Sisi

May 31, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Cameroon:  Defender Célestin Yandal a victim of four years of judicial persecution

May 31, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Bahrain:  Another imminent hearing in the trial of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

May 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Korea, (South) Republic of:  UN body declares detention of trade unionist arbitrary, orders his release

May 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of

Honduras:  Video: MEPs and international civil society organisations support Berta Cáceres' family and COPINH

May 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Niger:  Arrest and summoning of Mr. Ali Idrissa, national coordinator of ROTAB and PCQVP

May 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Viet Nam:  Workshop banned, harassment of human rights defenders continues

May 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam