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 of WHRD Hatoon Al Fassi

July 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Niger:  Arrestation de M. Karim Tanko, détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire continu de MM. Sadat Illiya Dan Malam, Yahaya Badamassi, Ibrahim Diori, Maikoul Zodi, Ali Idrissa, Moussa Tchangari, Nouhou Mahamadou Arzika, Lirwana Abdourahmane, Abdourahaman

July 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Nicaragua:  Patrón de ataques contra periodistas involucrados en labores de información sobre la represión de las protestas en el país

July 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Kenya:  Authorities should implement the PBO Act before it becomes paper tiger

July 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Kenya:  After years of broken promises, will the PBO Act become more than paper tiger?

July 5, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Kenya

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Etraves à la liberté de mouvement de Mme Rebecca Kabuo Syndy

July 4, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Dr. Shadi al-Ghazali Harb

July 4, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Worsening health conditions and ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Amal Fathy

July 3, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Morocco:  Détention arbitraire continue et confirmation en appel des condamnations de M. Hamid El Mahdaoui et de M. Rabie Al-Ablak

July 3, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

India:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. S. Vanchinathan

June 29, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Belarus:  Control over lawyers threatens human rights

June 29, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Belarus:  Control over lawyers threatens human rights

June 29, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Belarus

Peru:  Human rights defenders stigmatised, criminalised and repressed - Preliminary findings of international fact-finding mission

June 26, 2018  |  Statements  |  Peru

Burundi:  Sortie de l’hôpital et transfert en prison du défenseur des droits humains Germain Rukuki

June 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Amal Fathy despite an order to release her on bail

June 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt