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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Open Letter to UN Secretary General Re Slandering statements against Palestinian human rights NGOs Al-Haq and Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights

July 4, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Mexico:  Open letter to authorities: Illegal espionage against human rights defenders and journalists must be investigated.

July 3, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Thailand:  Women human rights defenders at heightened risk of attacks and intimidation

July 3, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Turkey:  Judicial harassment against Mr. Ali Tanriverdi

June 30, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Cambodia:  #FreeThe5KH released after more than a year in pre-trial detention

June 30, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Honduras:  Represión contra movimiento estudiantil de la UNAH incluyendo 26 criminalizaciones y el asesinato del Sr. Roberto Antonio Gómez

June 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Viet Nam:  Prominent Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh sentenced to 10 years in prison

June 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Thailand:  Arbitrary detention and subsequent release on bail of pro-democracy activist Mr. Rome Rangsiman

June 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Cambodia:  Joint statement: CSOs condemn discriminatory denial of medical care to #FreeThe5KH detainees

June 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Mexico:  Illegal surveillance against various human rights defenders, journalists and anti-corruption activists

June 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Colombia:  Release on parole of David Ravelo Crespo, after almost 7 years in jail

June 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Comunicado de prensa: Llamado al cese a la impunidad y preocupación por las personas defensoras de derechos humanos a un año de la represión en Nochixtlán

June 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention, release on bail and judicial harassment against Ms. Esraa Fehead and Mr. Mahmoud Naguib

June 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

India:  Police harassment and intimidation against Mr. Sanjit Mondal, MASUM District Human Rights Monitor

June 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Cameroon:  Death threats against Ms. Maximilienne Ngo Mbe, executive director of REDHAC

June 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon