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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Cameroon:  Arrest and arbitrary detention of five members of the association Avenir Jeune de l’Ouest (AJO)

April 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Mexico:  International campaign for the relase of human rights defender Librado Baños

April 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Poland:  Authorities reduce the space for the activities of NGOs including human rights organizations in the country

April 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Poland

Bahrain:  Continued ill-treament of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

April 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Mexico:  Amenazas de muerte y ataque en contra de los Sres. Cristian Chávez González y Carlos González García, integrantes del Congreso Nacional Indígena.

April 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Chile:  Publicación de Nota de Misión de Observación Judicial: Machi Linconao y Mapuches deben ser absueltos. El Estado chileno debe abstenerse de utilizar la Ley Antiterrorista en contra de ellos

April 23, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Chile

Argentina:   L’Observatoire condamne la campagne de diffamation dirigée contre l’ONG HIJOS

April 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Argentina

Thailand:  Dismissal of charges against seven women environmental rights defenders and KRBKG members

April 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

India:  Acts of harassment and death threats against Ms. Swathi Vadlamudi

April 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment and death threats targeting OFFGO members

April 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Harcèlement judiciaire contre six membres de Filimbi et trois membres de la LUCHA

April 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Honduras:  Allanamiento ilegal de la casa de la Sra. Liliam López, coordinadora de las Mujeres de COPINH.

April 18, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Djibouti:  Reprisals against human rights defender Kadar Abdi Ibrahim upon his return from an advocacy mission in Geneva

April 18, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti

Guatemala:  Open letter by European parlamentarians raising concerns regarding the deteriorating situation of human rights in Guatemala

April 18, 2018  |  Statements  |  Guatemala

Egypt:  Death threats against CIHRS Director Bahey el-Din Hassan: European States and US must take measures to protect Egyptian human rights defenders, both home and abroad

April 18, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt