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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Cambodia:  Release Tep Vanny, arbitrarily detained for two years

August 15, 2018  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Israel:  Lawyers and Advocates Demand Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Stop Denying Entry to Human Rights Advocates

August 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

Cambodia:  Civil Society Groups Call for the Release of Tep Vanny

August 14, 2018  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Saudi Arabia:  Arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of prominent women human rights defenders Samar Badawi and Nassima Al-Sadah

August 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Bangladesh:  Arbitrary detention and torture of photographer Mr. Shahidul Alam

August 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Appel à la réouverture d'une enquête prompte, impartiale et indépendante sur les circonstances du décès de Luc Nkulula

August 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Togo:  Des membres de la LTDH menacés de poursuites judiciaires

August 6, 2018  |  Statements  |  Togo

Belarus:  Trial observation reports breaches of international law in the trial of two trade union leaders

August 3, 2018  |  Statements  |  Belarus

Guatemala:  Asesinato de la Sra. Juana Raymundo del CODECA de la región Nebaj Quiché.

August 2, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Egypt:  The pre-trial detention of Ms. Amal Fathy renewed again for 15 days

August 1, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Burundi:  Report du procès en appel de trois membres de PARCEM, détenus arbitrairement et condamnés

July 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Zimbabwe:  Press Release: Human rights defenders at risk as elections approach

July 27, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Egypt:  The pre-trial detention of Dr. Shadi al-Ghazali Harb renewed again for 15 days

July 26, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Niger:  Four human rights defenders wrongly processed condemned and three still arbitrarily detained

July 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Mauritania:  Obstacles to the freedom of movement and association of five human rights defenders as they were to attend the 64th CAT session

July 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania