Congo Lucha wins the 2019 OMCT Prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

Congo Lucha,
a documentary on a youth group promoting democracy and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo directed by Marlène Rabaud, received the 2019 OMCT prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH).
In the words of Gerald Staberock, OMCT Secretary General, “Marlène Rabaud shows that hope is alive, even in the DRC, even in the Kivus – and that things can change.” [Read more...]





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Armenia:  Ongoing judicial harassment and defamation campaign against environmental defenders by the mining company Lydian Armenia

The Observatory has been informed by the Civil Society Institute (CSI) about the ongoing judicial harassment and defamation campaign carried out against several human rights defenders, journalists and lawyers including Msses. Tehmine Yenoqyan, journalist, Ani Khachatryan, a member of the NGO Armenian Environmental Front, Nazeli Vardanyan, lawyer and the head of Armenian Forests NGO, and Messrs. Levon Galstyan, head of the Council of Armenian Environmental Front, Shirak Buniatyan and Edmon Aghabekyan. The attacks are linked to their activities raising public awareness on the environmental and health risks connected to the operations of the gold mining closed joint-stock company Lydian Armenia in Amulsar, Vayots Dzor region, around 170 km south of Yerevan (see background information).  Complaints have been filed by the aforementioned defenders together with local communities impacted to challenge the authorities’ decision to authorise the gold mining operations.

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May 24, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Armenia
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Philippines:  Crackdown on human rights defenders likely to intensify after President Rodrigo Duterte’s candidates sweep Senate elections

As President Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarian rule gets further strengthened after his candidates swept the May 13 elections for the Philippine Senate, his all-out war on human rights defenders is likely to intensify, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) warned today.

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May 24, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines
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Thailand:  Ongoing judicial harassment of migrant worker rights defender Andy Hall

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Andy Hall, a migrant worker rights defender, following complaints brought by Thai pineapple processing company Natural Fruit for an interview he gave to Al-Jazeera about labour rights abuses.

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May 23, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Bangladesh:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Mohammad Abdul Kaium, a member of Odhikar Human Rights Defenders Network

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary detention of Mr. Mohammad Abdul Kaium, a member of the Human Rights Defenders Network of the human rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) Odhikar, a member of OMCT SOS-Torture Network and of FIDH. Mr. Kaiumis is also a journalist of bdpress24.com and a web developer in Mymensingh District, Bangladesh.

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May 23, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh
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Thailand:  Thammakaset must end its judicial harassment of human rights defenders


Thai company Thammakaset must immediately end all acts of harassment against human rights defenders and workers for exposing labour rights violations at its poultry farm, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint FIDH-OMCT partnership), urges today. The Observatory makes its call on the eve of the start of the trial against human rights defenders (HRDs) Ms. Sutharee Wannasiri, a human rights specialist from Thailand, and Mr. Nan Win, a former worker at the Thammakaset farm, from Myanmar.

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May 23, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications  |  Thailand
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