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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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Dégradation de l’état de santé de cinq membres du mouvement Filimbi

May 3, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba

May 3, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Intervention to the 62ND session of the African Commission on Human and Poeples' Rights

May 3, 2018  |  Statements

Equatorial Guinea:  Government Critic Blocked from Leaving Country Unreasonable Delay in Renewing Cartoonist’s Passpo

May 2, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

Niger:  Arrestation et détention arbitraire de MM. Sadat Illiya Dan Malam, Yahaya Badamassi, Ibrahim Diori et Maikoul Zodi

April 27, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Burundi:  Sentenced to 32 years in prison, Germain Rukuki is the victim of a travesty of justice

April 27, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

United States:  Arbitrary arrest, ill-treatment, and subsequent deportation of Mr. Jerome Succor Aba

April 26, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United States

Mexico:  Comunicado conjunto sobre la detención del defensor Roque Coca Gómez y el contexto de riesgo para personas defensoras de derechos humanos en Oaxaca

April 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Cameroon:  Arrest and arbitrary detention of five members of the association Avenir Jeune de l’Ouest (AJO)

April 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Mexico:  International campaign for the relase of human rights defender Librado Baños

April 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Poland:  Authorities reduce the space for the activities of NGOs including human rights organizations in the country

April 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Poland

Bahrain:  Continued ill-treament of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

April 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Mexico:  Amenazas de muerte y ataque en contra de los Sres. Cristian Chávez González y Carlos González García, integrantes del Congreso Nacional Indígena.

April 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Chile:  Publicación de Nota de Misión de Observación Judicial: Machi Linconao y Mapuches deben ser absueltos. El Estado chileno debe abstenerse de utilizar la Ley Antiterrorista en contra de ellos

April 23, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Chile

Argentina:   L’Observatoire condamne la campagne de diffamation dirigée contre l’ONG HIJOS

April 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Argentina