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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Bahrain:  Joint Press Release: FCO Silence on Nabeel Rajab “Appalling”, Say 17 Rights Groups & MPs

August 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Kenya:  Joint Press Release: Human rights defenders should be protected during electoral processes

August 4, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Arrestation et détention arbitraires de plusieurs défenseurs de droits humains, et libération successive de deux d'entre eux.

August 4, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Syrian Arab Republic:  Joint Statement: Rights groups condemn execution of human rights defender and software engineer Bassel Khartabil

August 2, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Venezuela:  Ataque en contra del Sr. Melanio Escobar, fundador y director de RedesAyuda

August 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Egypt:  Release of Mr. Tarek Hussein

August 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Colombia:  Carta abierta: Garantías para la labor de defensa de los derechos humanos de la abogada Soraya Gutiérrez Argüello

July 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Turkey:  Soutenons les défenseur-e-s des droits injustement attaqué-e-s !

July 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Thailand:  Ongoing judicial harassment against seven KRBKG members

July 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Viet Nam:  Conviction and sentencing of labour and land rights defender Ms. Tran Thi Nga

July 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Turkey:  Ongoing judicial harassment of ten human rights defenders

July 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Burundi:  Ongoing incommunicado detention of Mr. Germain Rukuki

July 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Cambodia:  CSOs call on Appeal Court to overturn the unjust conviction of Tep Vanny and to #FreeTepVanny

July 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Thailand:  In landmark review, UN calls for protection of women human rights defenders

July 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Bahrain:  Mrs. Ebtisam Al-Saegh arbitrarily detained and charged under Anti-Terrorism law and sentencing of Ms. Nazeeha Saeed

July 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain