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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Sudan:   Concern for rights defender on hunger strike over unlawful detention

March 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Honduras:  Restriction to her freedom of movement and acts of intimidation against Hedme Castro, General Coordinator of ACI-Participa

March 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Uzbekistan:   Elena Urlaeva arrested, ill-treated and forcibly placed in a psychiatric facility during an ILO visit in Uzbekistan

March 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uzbekistan

Egypt:  Joint Open Letter to Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

March 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Peru:  Judicial harassment against 16 human rights defenders from Sierra de Cajamarca

March 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Global civil society calls for consensus renewal of the mandate on human rights defenders

March 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions

Azerbaijan:  Azerbaijan: Crackdown on Free Expression Accelerates With Conviction of Prominent Blogger

March 6, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Death threats against Mr. Paul Nsapu

March 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Sudan:  Verdict against three arbitrarily detained human rights defenders postponed to March 5

March 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Honduras:  Side Event HRC34: Human Rights Defenders in HONDURAS: A year after Berta Cáceres was assassinated, are they better protected?

March 1, 2017  |  Events  |  Honduras

Macedonia:  Smear campaign and administrative harassment against the Macedonian Helsinki Committee (MHC)

February 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Macedonia

Cambodia:  Joint open letter regarding the investigation into the death of Dr. Kem Ley

February 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Cambodia:  Sentencing of land rights defender Ms. Tep Vanny

February 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Egypt:  Joint Open Letter to Angela Merkel on her visit to Cairo amidst clampdown on human rights in Egypt

February 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Philippines:  OMCT, the FIFDH and AI condemn the arrest of Filipino senator Leila de Lima

February 24, 2017  |  Statements  |  Philippines