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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Djibouti:  Arrest and arbitrary detention of human rights defender Omar Ali Ewado

March 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti

United Arab Emirates:  Arrest and detention in a secret location of Mr. Ahmed Mansoor

March 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Honduras:  Joint Statement: International Organisations stand in solidarity with women human rights defender Suyapa Martinez

March 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest of Raci Bilici, Vice-President of the Human Rights Association (IHD)

March 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Mexico:  Detención arbitraria de Silvia Juárez Juárez y criminalización de 30 personas defensoras en Tecpatán, Chiapas

March 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Honduras:  Detención arbitraria y actos de hostigamiento contra Irma Lemus Amaya, Secretaria del OPDHA

March 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Belarus:  Judicial harassment of Leanid Sudalenka and Anatolii Poplavnyi, members of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”

March 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Philippines:  The war on drugs – a top priority of OMCT

March 15, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Rights of the Child  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Cambodia:  Continued arbitrary detention of Messrs. Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan, Nay Vanda, Ny Chakrya, and Ms. Lim Mony

March 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Philippines:  Human Rights Council Side Event: The Philippines' Third Universal Periodic Review

March 14, 2017  |  Events  |  Philippines

Algeria:  The adoption of the Partnership Priorities is an opportunity for the EU to push for meaningful progress in the protection of human rights defenders

March 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Mexico:  Joint Press Release: Arbitrarily detained human rights defenders begin a hunger strike to protest for acts of torture and ill-treatment

March 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Nicaragua:  Public stigmatisation by State authorities against Ms. Vilma Núñez de Escorcia, founder and president of CENIDH

March 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Thailand:  Decision to withdraw all charges against Ms. Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Mr. Somchai Homlaor and Ms. Anchana Heemmina

March 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Sudan:  Joint Press Release: TRACKs-affiliated rights defenders sentenced, fined and finally released after ten months of arbitrary detention

March 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan