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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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

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Arbitrary detention of environmental rights defender Mr. Khaing Myo Htun

January 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Recent development in the investigation of Mr. Soe Moe Tun’s murder

January 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Sudan:  Continuing judicial harassment against 5 defenders from TRACKs and the Director of ZORD

January 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Burundi:  Reprisals against four lawyers committed to the defence of human rights

January 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Honduras:  Threats and harassment against Miriam Miranda and 3 other members of Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH)

January 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Thailand:  Arbitrary detention of pro-democracy activist Mr. Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (aka Pai)

January 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Saudi Arabia:  Secret detention of Messrs. Waleed Imam and Algasim Mohamed Sidahmed

January 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Azerbaijan:  Letter to the Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) RE: Bribe accusations

January 16, 2017  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Russian Federation:  Threats against Caucasian Knot Editor by Chechnya's Parliament Speaker Must Be Investigated

January 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment of members of the Esu Youths Development Association (EYDA)

January 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Bangladesh:  Further acts of judicial harassment against Messrs. Adilur Rahman Khan and ASM Nasiruddin Elan

January 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Kenya:  Four years after the signing into law of the PBO Act, Kenyan civil society is still under attack

January 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Saudi Arabia:  Incommunicado detention of Messrs. Ahmed Al-Mshikhs and Essam Koshak

January 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia