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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Cambodia:  CSOs call for the immediate implementation of the decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention #FREETHE5KH

January 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Sudan:  Charges dropped against 3 of the 5 defenders from TRACKs

January 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Kyrgyzstan:  Press Release: Court decision on human rights defender Azimjan Askarov expected on January 24

January 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Chad:  Summoning by the judicial police of Mr. Assingar Dobian, spokesperson of MECI

January 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Guatemala:  Asesinato de la defensora de la tierra y el medio ambiente Laura Leonor Vásquez Pineda

January 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Ecuador:  Carta Abierta a los candidatos a la presidencia: Comprométanse a derogar los Decretos que habilitan la disolución de ONGs

January 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Arbitrary detention of environmental rights defender Mr. Khaing Myo Htun

January 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Recent development in the investigation of Mr. Soe Moe Tun’s murder

January 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Sudan:  Continuing judicial harassment against 5 defenders from TRACKs and the Director of ZORD

January 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Burundi:  Reprisals against four lawyers committed to the defence of human rights

January 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Honduras:  Amenazas y hostigamiento contra Miriam Miranda y otros 3 integrantes de la Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH)

January 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Thailand:  Arbitrary detention of pro-democracy activist Mr. Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (aka Pai)

January 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Saudi Arabia:  Secret detention of Messrs. Waleed Imam and Algasim Mohamed Sidahmed

January 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Russian Federation:  Threats against Caucasian Knot Editor by Chechnya's Parliament Speaker Must Be Investigated

January 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment of members of the Esu Youths Development Association (EYDA)

January 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon