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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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

Burundi:  International civil society organisations condemn the pattern of criminalisation of human rights defenders in Burundi and call for the release of those unlawfully convicted to date.

September 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Bangladesh:  Arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of 13 student leaders

September 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Honduras:  Allanamiento y los actos de intimidación en contra de dos integrantes de la organización de derechos humanos ACI PARTICIPA

September 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Viet Nam:  Arbitrary detention and imminent deportation of Ms. Debbie Stothard

September 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Uzbekistan:  Arbitrary arrest, ill-treatment and ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Agzam Turgunov

September 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uzbekistan

Guatemala:  Joint Press Release: Climate of intimidation against civil society after the regrettable decision not to renew CICIG’s mandate

September 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Israel:  Several attacks targeting anti occupation groups including 3 arbitrary detentions, a physical assault and restrictions to freedom of expression

September 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

Iran:  Free seven human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in the latest crackdown

September 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Mexico:  Comunicado conjunto: Incumplimiento de medida cautelar pone en riesgo la vida del defensor de DH Librado Baños

September 4, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Russian Federation:  Arbitrary detention and ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Yuri Dmitriyev

September 3, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Mexico:  Desaparición forzada del defensor de derechos humanos Sergio Rivera Hernández en Puebla

August 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Iran:  Release on bail of Ms. Zeinab Taheri

August 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Colombia:  Allanamiento del domicilio y robo de información en contra de Silvia Ojeda, Coordinadora del área de comunicación y asistente de la dirección de la CCJ

August 30, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia