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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Peru:  Acquittal of the 16 human rights defenders from Cajamarca who were being criminalised

April 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Hungary:  Press Release: New bill hampers NGOs’ access to funding and seriously threatens civil society

April 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hungary

Kazakhstan:  Harassment on the part of the Kazakh tax authorities against human rights NGO "International Legal Initiative"

April 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Chad:  Incommunicado detention of Mr. Nadjo Kaina

April 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Mexico:  Silvia Juárez released but still criminalised together with other 29 human rights defenders

April 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Honduras:  Attack against the physical integrity of Hedme Castro, General Coordinator of ACI-Participa

April 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Chile:  Death threats against MODATIMA members

April 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Egypt:  Disciplinary harassment of Judges Assem Abel Gabbar and Hesham Raouf within the anti-torture bill case

April 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Guatemala:  Act of intimidation against Rafael Maldonado, Director of the legal area of CALAS

April 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Death threats against human rights lawyer Robert Sann Aung

April 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Honduras:  Assassination of Sherly Montoya, member of the Group of Trans Women “Muñecas de Arcoíris”

April 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

China:  Incommunicado detention of Mr. Li Ming-Che

April 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Cameroon:  Judicial harassment and acts of intimidation of several OFFGO members

March 31, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Haiti:  Death threats against Ms. Marie Yolène Gilles

March 31, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Haiti

Cambodia:  Continued arbitrary detention of Mr. Ny Chakrya

March 31, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia