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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Colombia:  Comunicado internacional de denuncia del asesinato de líder social de Buenaventura, Temístocles Machado

February 1, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Thailand:  Judicial harassment of seven human rights defenders for leading a peaceful protest

January 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Guatemala:  Actos de seguimiento y vigilancia en contra de los defensores de los derechos del Pueblo Xinka Ever Donaldo Benito Benito y Romeo Lima Espinoza

January 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of 11 members of the Central Council of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB)

January 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Cambodia:  Judicial harassment of prominent defenders Pa Nguon Teang, Venerable But Buntenh and Moeun Tola

January 30, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Saudi Arabia:  Sentencing of Messrs. Mohamed Al-Otaibi and Abdullah Al-Attawi to fourteen and seven years in prison

January 30, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Guatemala:  Criminalización, detención arbitraria y puesta en libertad provisional de la Sra. María Magdalena Cuc Choc

January 29, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Cambodia:  Conviction and sentencing of Mother Nature Cambodia activists Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy

January 26, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Bahrain:  Fears for Nabeel Rajab’s life inside his prison

January 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Thailand:  Harassment of eight defenders for their involvement in the ‘We Walk for Friendship’ march

January 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Egypt:  32 Nubian human rights activists to appear before the Aswan Misdemeanour State Security Emergency Court

January 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Morocco:  Victimes d'attaques croissantes, des associations des droits humains progressivement muselées

January 25, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Morocco

Russian Federation:  Arson of the office of the Human Rights Center (HRC) Memorial in Nazran, Ingushetia, Chechenya

January 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Mexico:  Campaña sistemática de ataques contra el Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C. (Consorcio Oaxaca)

January 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Enlèvement et détention arbitraire de cinq défenseurs de Filimbi et trois défenseurs de la LUCHA, et libération provisoire de trois d'entre eux.

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