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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Saudi Arabia:  Incommunicado detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Israa Al-Ghomgham

November 26, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Senegal:  Harcèlement croissant à l'encontre des ONG à l'approche des élections présidentielles de 2019

November 23, 2018  |  Statements  |  Senegal

Iran:  Conditional release of Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani

November 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Cameroon:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de M. Michel Biem Tong

November 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Egypt:  Release on probation of Mr. Haytham Mohamadein, labour lawyer and a member of El-Nadim Centre

November 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

United Arab Emirates:  Open Letter to Drivers, Teams and Performers at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2018

November 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Honduras:  Preocupación ante audiencia celebrada sin previo aviso en el primer juicio por el asesinato de Berta Cáceres

November 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Honduras:  Agresión física y amenazas por parte de la policía en Choluteca en contra integrantes de ACI PARTICIPA

November 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Burundi:  Détention arbitraire continue et poursuite du harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de Germain Rukuki

November 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Ukraine:  Press Release: Suspect arrested in the killing of Katerina Gandzyuk: Fighting impunity in attacks against civil society must be a priority

November 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ukraine

Thailand:  Judicial harassment of human rights lawyer Anon Nampa

November 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Bangladesh:  Release on bail of Mr. Shahidul Alam

November 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Belarus:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Ales Burakou

November 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

China:  Ongoing incommunicado detention of Mr. Li Ming-che

November 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Bangladesh:  Slanderous accusations against the human rights NGO Odhikar

November 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh