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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Egypt:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Mahienour El Massry

December 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Morocco:  Communiqué de presse: Trois ans après, le harcèlement à l’encontre de Maâti Monjib et six défenseurs des droits humains doit cesser

December 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Equatorial Guinea:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé (aka Jamón y Queso)

December 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

India:  Obstacles to freedom of movement and subsequent deportation of Mr. Mukunda Raj Kattel

December 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Colombia:  Press Release: Dear Mr. Defence Minister: these are not “lovers’ quarrels”; they are attacks against the right to defend human rights!

December 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Bahrain:  Human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja faces reprisals in detention after protesting poor prison conditions

December 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Cameroon:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Alain Patrice Nganang

December 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Lao People's Democ. Rep.:  Five years on, 122 organizations worldwide demand to know: “Where is Sombath?”

December 15, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Lao People's Democ. Rep.

Cambodia:  Sentencing of land rights defenders Ms. Tep Vanny, Ms. Bo Chhorvy and Ms. Kong Chantha

December 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Safeguarding civil society participation in the Helsinki process - a matter of the OSCE’s raison d’être

December 11, 2017  |  Statements

Human Rights Day: Our turn to make noise for human rights defenders

December 11, 2017  |  Statements

Singapore:  Judicial harassment against Mr. Jolovan Wham and eight other peaceful demonstrators

December 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Mexico:  6 años de desaparición forzada de Eva Alarcón y Marcial Bautista, 6 años de inacción de las autoridades mexicanas

December 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Honduras:  En el actual contexto electoral, organizaciones internacionales se manifiestan en contra de la violencia contra defensoras y defensora de derechos humanos en Honduras

December 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Condamnation de MM. Mbuya, Tsihibitshabu, Mbuya Kwecha et Mulenda, et libération de M. Omari Omba

December 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic