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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Cuba:  Acts of harassment against members of ASIC including its Secretary General Iván Hernández Carrillo

January 11, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cuba

Egypt:  Hunting out Feminists in Egypt – Azza Soliman and Mozn Hassan Embody the State’s Refusal of Feminist Activism in both Private and Public Spheres

January 10, 2017  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Bahrain:  Continued judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

January 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

China:  Incommunicado detention of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

January 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Greece:  Attacks to freedom of assembly, threats and harassment against minority rights defenders by the Golden Dawn far-right party

January 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Chile:  The Observatory calls for the immediate release of the Machi Francisca Linconao

January 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Haiti:  Death threats against Mr. Pierre Espérance

January 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Haiti

Burundi:  Dissolution de la Ligue ITEKA : Un nouveau coup porté à la société civile burundaise

January 4, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Egypt:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mozn Hassan, Nazra for Feminist Studies, Mohamed Zarea and the Arab Penal Reform Organization

January 2, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Dr. Istar Gozaydin

December 30, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Bahrain:  Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab re-arrested on other charges despite court order to temporarily release him

December 30, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Azerbaijan:  Leyla Yunus: Defending human rights: A way of life

December 23, 2016  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Bangladesh:  Mahmudur Rahman should be allowed to travel for medical treatment

December 23, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Colombia:  Gustavo Gallón: Striving for peace, human rights and justice

December 22, 2016  |  Statements  |  Colombia

Bahrain:  Renewed judicial harassment against Mr. Nabeel Rajab ahead of his verdict

December 22, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain