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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Algeria:  European Parliament passes resolution on imprisonment of workers’ and human rights activists in Algeria

May 1, 2015  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Algeria

Iran:  Continued harassment of trade-unionists ahead of International Labour Day

April 30, 2015  |  Statements  |  Iran

Intervention to the 56th session of the African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights

April 30, 2015  |  Statements  |  Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Mauritania, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda

Venezuela:  Ongoing harassment and threats against Mr. Victor Martinez

April 30, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Thailand:  Free Somyot, expedite his appeal trial

April 30, 2015  |  Statements  |  Thailand

Burundi:  Release of Mr. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa. Arrest warrant against Mr. Pacifique Ninihazwe and Mr. Vital Nshimirimana

April 28, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Burundi:  Arbitrary arrest of Mr. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa

April 28, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Pakistan:  Dismay after assassination of Ms. Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi

April 27, 2015  |  Statements  |  Pakistan

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Arbitrary detention and sentencing of Mr. Thein Aung Myint

April 27, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

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

April 27, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Honduras:  Authorities must protect human rights defenders

April 23, 2015  |  Statements  |  Honduras

Saudi Arabia:   Ill-treatment and harassment of Mr. Waleed Abu Al-Khair, prominent human rights lawyer

April 23, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Kenya:  Harassment of Haki Africa and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI)

April 23, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Press Release: Three Human Right Defenders Selected as Final Nominees for the Martin Ennals Award 2015

April 22, 2015  |  Statements  |  Guinea, Myanmar (ex-Burma), United Arab Emirates

Azerbaijan:  Press Release: Intigam Aliyev sentenced to 7.5 years of jail for human rights work

April 22, 2015  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan