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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Morocco:  Le droit à un procès équitable de sept défenseurs criminalisés doit être respecté

February 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Investigate murder of lawyer Ko Ni, take measures to protect human rights defenders

January 30, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Egypt:  Travel ban against Mr. Negad El-Borai, human rights lawyer and Director of United Group

January 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Serbia :  Physical assault against 9 members of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR)

January 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Serbia

Cambodia:  Ongoing judicial harassment of land rights activist Ms. Tep Vanny

January 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Kazakhstan:  Sentencing in appeal of Messrs. Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayan

January 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Mexico:  Assassination of land rights defender Isidro Baldenegro López

January 25, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Viet Nam:  Arbitrary detention of labour and land rights defender Ms. Tran Thi Nga

January 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Kyrgyzstan:  Kyrgyzstan tramples upon its human rights commitments and maintains Askarov in jail

January 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Cambodia:  CSOs call for the immediate implementation of the decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention #FREETHE5KH

January 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Sudan:  Charges dropped against 3 of the 5 defenders from TRACKs

January 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Kyrgyzstan:  Press Release: Court decision on human rights defender Azimjan Askarov expected on January 24

January 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Chad:  Summoning by the judicial police of Mr. Assingar Dobian, spokesperson of MECI

January 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Guatemala:  Assassination of land rights defender Laura Leonor Vásquez Pineda

January 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Ecuador:  Open Letter to the Presidential Candidates: Commit to abrogate the decrees that alow for NGOs to be dissolved

January 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador