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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Turkey:  Arbitrary detention of eight human rights defenders and two security consultants

July 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Bahrain:  Joint open letter to Ambassadors on the situation of Nabeel Rajab

July 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Colombia:  Nuevas amenazas de muerte de grupo paramilitar contra integrantes de movimientos sociales en Bogotá

July 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Carta abierta: Asesinato de Eugenio López y López en el contexto del conflicto en la Finca San Gregorio Piedra Parada

July 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Kazakhstan:  Sentencing of the human rights NGO"International Legal Initiative" (ILI)

July 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Uganda:  Murder of Mr. Erasmus Irumba, Coordinator of the Twerwaneho Listeners Club (TLC)

July 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Bahrain:  Arbitrary arrest and detention of Mrs. Ebtisam Al-Saegh

July 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Thailand:  Ongoing judicial harassment against members of the Khon Rak Ban Kerd Group (KRBKG)

July 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Honduras:  Intento de asesinato de miembros del COPINH Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres, Sotero Chavarría y Asunción Martínez

July 4, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

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