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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Bahrain:  Mrs. Ebtisam Al-Saegh arbitrarily detained and charged under Anti-Terrorism law and sentencing of Ms. Nazeeha Saeed

July 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Viet Nam:  Immediately release labour and land rights defender Tran Thi Nga

July 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Honduras:  Asesinato de Luis Joel Rivera Perdomo, estudiante y miembro del Movimiento Estudiantil de la UNAH

July 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Malaysia:  Release and subsequent deportation of Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan

July 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia

Malaysia:  Arbitrary arrest of prominent human rights defender Adilur Rahman Khan

July 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia

Colombia:  Preliminary findings of an international fact-finding mission - No peace for human rights defenders

July 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Turkey:  Ten human rights defenders indicted on trumped-up terrorism charges; six remain in pre-trial detention

July 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Honduras:  Intento de asesinato en contra del Sr. David Valle de Somos CDC

July 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Honduras:  Death threats against journalist José Ramón Romero Sandoval

July 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Burundi:  Arrestation et détention arbitraire de M. Germain Rukuki

July 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Mexico:  Actos de criminalización en contra del Fray Bernardo Molina Esquiliano, miembro de La 72, Hogar-Refugio para Personas Migrantes

July 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Turkey:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of ten human rights defenders

July 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Angola:  Judicial harassment of the award-winning investigative journalist, Mr. Rafael Marques de Morais

July 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Angola

Honduras:  Estigmatización pública por parte de autoridades del Estado en contra de la Coalición Contra la Impunidad

July 11, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Bahrain:  Sentencing of Mr. Nabeel Rajab to two years in prison

July 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain