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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Singapore:  Judicial harassment and conviction of Mr. Jolovan Wham

October 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Honduras:  Nueva ola de criminalización de las personas defensoras de derechos humanos en el Bajo Aguán

October 17, 2018  |  Statements  |  Honduras

Guatemala:  Detención del Sr. Bartolo Fuentes, periodista y defensor de derechos de los migrantes

October 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Turkey:  Lift of the travel ban against human rights lawyer Ms. Eren Keskin and ongoing judicial harassment against her

October 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Italy:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Domenico Lucano, human rights defender and Mayor of the village of Riace, Southern Italy

October 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Italy

Egypt:  Judicial harassment and restrictions to the freedom of movement against Mr. Khaled Ali

October 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Honduras:  Amenazas, señalamientos y actos de intimidación en contra de Hedme Castro, Coordinadora General de ACI PARTICIPA

October 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Mexico:  Ataques en Chiapas: Intimidación y seguimiento contra el Centro de DDHH Digna Ochoa y amenazas contra el Padre Eleazar

October 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Belarus:  Sentencing of the member of HR Centre "Viasna" Ms. Alena Masliukova and of environmental activist Mr. Anatoly Zmitrovich

October 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Zimbabwe:  Compensation of Ms. Jestina Mungareva Mukoko, Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP)

October 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Ecuador:  Indulto y liberación de Pepe Acacho Gonzalez

October 11, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador

Singapore:  Sentencing and arbitrary detention of Mr. Seelan Palay

October 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Israel:  Release of Mr. Salah Hamouri

October 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

Philippines:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment against Senator Antonio Trillanes

October 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Burundi:  Les ONG internationales visées par une stratégie de reprise en main du pouvoir

October 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi