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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Mauritania:  Three anti-slavery activists condemned in appeal to two years in jail

August 27, 2015  |  Statements  |  Mauritania

Mexico:  Brutal murder of the defender Ms. Nadia Vera Pérez and the photoreporter Mr. Rubén Espinosa Becerril

August 25, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Thailand:  Still ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Andy Hall, a migrant labour rights researcher

August 25, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Release of Mr. Tin Maung Kyi, member of MDCF

August 21, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Honduras:  We demand respect for the judicial guarantees for David Romero

August 20, 2015  |  Statements  |  Honduras

United Arab Emirates:  Arrest and disappearance of Mr. Nasser Bin Ghaith

August 20, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Release of Ms. Su Su Nway, leader of the Myanmar Farmers Union

August 20, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Thailand:  Harassment against migrant and worker rights defender Mr. Andy Hall

August 20, 2015  |  Statements  |  Thailand

Bahrain:  Judicial harassment and restrictions to freedom of movement Mr. Maytham Al Salman

August 18, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Thailand:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Andy Hall

August 18, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Egypt:  Two Years since Rabaa Massacre, Impunity still Reigns in Egypt

August 14, 2015  |  Statements  |  Egypt

India:  Arbitrary detention and harassment of Mr. Durbadal Majumder, Jalpaiguri District human rights monitor for MASUM

August 14, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Bangladesh:  Judicial harassment against free speech defenders continues

August 14, 2015  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh

Azerbaijan:  Sport for Rights coalition condemns conviction of human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus

August 14, 2015  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Philippines:  WHRDIC Statement: Women Human Rights Defenders are targeted for legitimate human rights advocacy

August 14, 2015  |  Statements  |  Philippines