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:  Dismissal of charges against seven women environmental rights defenders and KRBKG members

April 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

India:  Acts of harassment and death threats against Ms. Swathi Vadlamudi

April 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment and death threats targeting OFFGO members

April 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Harcèlement judiciaire contre six membres de Filimbi et trois membres de la LUCHA

April 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Honduras:  Allanamiento ilegal de la casa de la Sra. Liliam López, coordinadora de las Mujeres de COPINH.

April 18, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Djibouti:  Reprisals against human rights defender Kadar Abdi Ibrahim upon his return from an advocacy mission in Geneva

April 18, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti

Guatemala:  Open letter by European parlamentarians raising concerns regarding the deteriorating situation of human rights in Guatemala

April 18, 2018  |  Statements  |  Guatemala

Egypt:  Death threats against CIHRS Director Bahey el-Din Hassan: European States and US must take measures to protect Egyptian human rights defenders, both home and abroad

April 18, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Sudan:  Release of Mr. Osman Salih, Mr. Salih Mahmoud Osman, and Mr. Amjed Fareed.

April 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Killing of indigenous land rights defender Mr. O Moo

April 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Italy / EU: Incautación del barco de la ONG Proactiva Open Arms, amenazas de muerte y criminalización de tres de sus responsables

April 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Italy

Togo:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Assiba Johnson

April 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Haiti:  Death threats against Mr. Pierre Espérance, Executive Director of RNDDH and attack against RNDDH's premises.

April 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Haiti

Brazil:  Detención arbitraria y criminalización del Padre José Amaro Lopes Sousa, miembro de la Comisión Pastoral de la Tierra (CPT)

April 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Morocco:  Détention arbitraire de M. Zine El Abidine Erradi, membre de l'Association marocaine des droits humains

April 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco