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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Cameroon:  Burlglary of Ms. Maximilienne Ngo Mbe's domicile

July 3, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Uganda:  Dismissal of charges against Mr. Gerald Kankya

July 3, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

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

July 3, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Swaziland

Thailand:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against 14 student activists with the Neo Democracy Movement and threats and harassment against TLHR lawyer, Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri

July 2, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Mexico:  Allanamiento y robo de las oficinas en la Ciudad de México del Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social, A.C. (Cencos)

July 1, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Saudi Arabia:  Joint Letter: Raif Badawi - Arbitrary Detention and Illegal Treatment

June 30, 2015  |  Statements  |  Saudi Arabia

Azerbaijan:  Sport For Rights: Joint Statement: Meydan TV Director Emin Milli Threatened for Critical Reporting on European Games

June 29, 2015  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Angola:  Arrest of fourteen members of the Revolutionary Movement and of Mr. Domingos da Cruz

June 29, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Angola

Honduras:  Asesinato del Sr. Héctor Orlando Martínez y desaparición del Sr. Donatilo Jiménez Euceda, miembros del Sindicato SITRAUNAH

June 26, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Bangladesh:  Joint statement: New proposed legislation to stifle the voice of rights defenders

June 26, 2015  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh

Bahrain:  Side Event at HRC29: Political Prisoners & Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain

June 25, 2015  |  Events  |  Bahrain

Bahrain:  Publication of an International Mission Report: Imprisonment, torture and statelessness: The darkening reality of human rights defenders in Bahrain

June 25, 2015  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bahrain

Azerbaijan:  29th Session Human Rights Council: Statement: Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Azerbaijan

June 24, 2015  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Kyrgyzstan:  29th Session Human Rights Council: Statement for UPR Outcomes: Kyrgyzstan

June 24, 2015  |  Statements  |  Kyrgyzstan

Oman:  Joint Statement: Expression of support to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

June 22, 2015  |  Statements  |  Oman