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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Bangladesh:  Abduction of Mr. Abu Bakar Siddique, the husband of Ms. Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Executive Director of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyer’s Association (BELA)

April 17, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh
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Haiti:  Death threats against Mr. Pierre Espérance, Executive Director of RNDDH

April 15, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Haiti
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Malaysia:  Dismissal of the motion filed by Ms. Lena Hendry to strike out the charges against her

April 14, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia
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Turkey:  Muharrem Erbey released after 1’570 days in pre-trial detention

April 14, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Swaziland:  New arrest of Mr. Thulani Rudolf Maseko and Mr. Bheki Makhubu

April 11, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Swaziland

Iran:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Hadi Esmaeilzadeh

April 11, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Cambodia:  The NGO Ponlok Khmer threatened with closure

April 11, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Burundi:  Obstacles to the activities of OLUCOME and false accusations against its President, five years after the assassination of Ernest Manirumva

April 10, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Russian Federation:  The appeal court orders ADC “Memorial” to register as a “foreign agent”, amid marred judicial proceedings

April 9, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Rwanda:  Obstacles to the freedom of association of LIPRODHOR

April 9, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Rwanda

Bahrain:  Third Anniversary of Arrest: Calls for the Release of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

April 9, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Swaziland:  Release of Messrs. Thulani Rudolf Maseko and Bheki Makhubu

April 7, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Swaziland

Belarus:  Confirmation in appeal of the ban of a book written by Mr. Ales Bialiatski

April 7, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Russian Federation:  Appeal hearing in ADC “Memorial” “foreign agent” case: the Observatory calls for the recognition that human rights NGOs are not “foreign agents”

April 7, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Colombia:  Death threats against AFAVIT members Mr. Orlando Naranjo and Sister Maritze Trigos Torres

April 3, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia