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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Thailand:  Sentence against student and pro-democracy activist Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (aka Pai)

August 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Kenya:  Press Release: Authorities should re-register leading human rights NGOs harassed for election monitoring work

August 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Cambodia:  Joint Statement: On the 1st anniversary of the arbitrary detention of land rights defender Tep Vanny, CSOs call for her release #FreeTepVanny

August 15, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Turkey:  Seven human rights defenders remain arbitrarily detained and the two others released keep being judicially harassed

August 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Kyrgyzstan:  Unlawful restriction of property rights of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov.

August 11, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Belarus:  Judicial harassment against several leaders of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union of Radio and Electronic Industry Workers (REP) and the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU)

August 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Bahrain:  Nabeel Rajab's hearing postponed until September 11, 2017

August 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest and conditional release of Ms. Gülseren Yoleri and Mr. Dogan Ozkan

August 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Press Release: Drop charges against Mandalay farmers and land rights defenders

August 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Burundi:  Transfert, poursuite de la détention arbitraire de M. Germain Rukuki, et accusations formelles formulées à son encontre

August 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Bahrain:  Joint Press Release: FCO Silence on Nabeel Rajab “Appalling”, Say 17 Rights Groups & MPs

August 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Kenya:  Joint Press Release: Human rights defenders should be protected during electoral processes

August 4, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Arrestation et détention arbitraires de plusieurs défenseurs de droits humains, et libération successive de deux d'entre eux.

August 4, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Syrian Arab Republic:  Joint Statement: Rights groups condemn execution of human rights defender and software engineer Bassel Khartabil

August 2, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Venezuela:  Ataque en contra del Sr. Melanio Escobar, fundador y director de RedesAyuda

August 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela