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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Algeria:  Arrestation arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de M. Salim Yezza, militant de la cause berbère algérien

October 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Egypt:  Sentencing and ongoing arbitrary detention of woman human rights defender Ms. Amal Fathy

October 1, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Press Release - Three Human Rights Defenders selected as Finalists for the 2019 Martin Ennals Award

October 1, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

Belarus:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Alena Masliukova, member of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” in Svetlogorsk and Mr. Anatoly Zmitrovich, an environmental activist

September 28, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Iran:  Open Letter to President Hassan Rouhani

September 28, 2018  |  Statements  |  Iran

Egypt:  Ahead of tomorrow’s verdict, the Observatory renews its call to drop all charges against Ms. Amal Fathy

September 28, 2018  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Kyrgyzstan:  Ongoing judicial harassment of the human rights organisations ADC "Memorial" and Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan

September 28, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Cambodia:  Conviction of four senior staff members of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC)

September 26, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Condamnation et poursuite de la détention arbitraire de quatre membres du Mouvement Filimbi

September 26, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Cameroon:  Disparition forcée de M. Franklin Mowha, Président national de l’association Frontline Fighters for Citizens Interests

September 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Iran:  The Observatory petitions UN body over the ongoing detention of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

September 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Togo:  Quatre défenseurs des droits humains en détention dans le cadre de l’exercice de leur mission

September 17, 2018  |  Statements  |  Togo

Uganda:  Three break-ins of the non-governmental organisation Twerwaneho Listeners Club’s office premises in Fort Portal

September 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Joint Statement: The Executive Council of the African Union moves towards dismantling the main body tasked with the protection of human rights in Africa

September 17, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Iran:  Judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of several human rights lawyers

September 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran