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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Kyrgyzstan:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Cholpon Djakupova, Ms. Dina Maslova and Mr. Narynbek Idinov aka Naryn Aiyp

September 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Syria - Justice for the thousands of victims of enforced disappearances

August 30, 2017  |  Statements

France:  The harassment of Cédric Herrou, defender of migrants' rights, must end

August 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Venezuela:  Amenazas y asalto violento a la oficina de Aula Abierta Venezuela

August 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Colombia:  Death threats against Eison Valencia Sinisterra, member of the Espacio Humanitario Punta Icaco in Buenaventura, following a meeting with the Observatory

August 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

France:  Condamnation et harcèlement continu de M. Cédric Herrou

August 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Spain:  Actos difamatorios y amenazas de muerte contra la defensora de los derechos de las personas migrantes Helena Maleno Garzón

August 25, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

India:  Murder of Mr. Lafiqul Islam Ahmed

August 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Kazakhstan:  Press Release: UN body declares the detention of Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayanov arbitrary

August 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Mexico:  Comunicado de prensa: México debe cumplir la Opinión de la ONU y liberar al defensor Pablo López Alavéz

August 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Chile:  Comunicado conjunto: Estado chileno debe abstenerse de utilizar la Ley Antiterrorista en juicio a Machi Linconao y Mapuches

August 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Bahrain:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Ebtisam Al-Saegh as well as of Mr. Mohammed Al-Shakhoori and Mr. Radhi Saleh Al-Qatari

August 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mandalay farmers and two land rights defenders of the Farmers Network Interest of Farmers and Labor (FNI-FL)

August 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Burundi:  Le placement en détention de Mr. Germain Rukuki confirmé par la Chambre de conseil

August 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Philippines:  Threats and acts of intimidation against Ms. Cristina "Tinay" Palabay, Secretary General of Karapatan

August 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines