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:  Sentencing of Ms. Tep Vanny and Ms. Bov Sophea and new charge against Ms. Tep Vanny

August 26, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Mexico:  Desalojo forzoso y destrucción del campamento de los defensores de la tierra del ejido de Tocuila en el Estado de México

August 26, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Israel / Occupied Palestinian Territory: Press Release: Escalation of the campaign of attacks against prominent Palestinian human rights organisations

August 22, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Cambodia:  Call on the Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution addressing Cambodia's gravely deteriorating human rights situation

August 19, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Mexico:  Release of Ildefonso Zamora following 9 months of arbitrary detention

August 18, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Azerbaijan:  Sport For Rights: Joint Statement: Renewed Human Rights Crackdown Ahead of Referendum

August 18, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Mexico:  Ataques y amenazas en contra de dos miembros de la Administración Autónoma de Agua Potable (AAPCOY) del pueblo indígena de Coyotepec

August 12, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

India:  Criminalization of various “Outlook” Magazine journalists including Editor-in-Chief and publisher Neha Dixit

August 12, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

India:  Harassment and intimidation by the police against Mr. Kirity Roy and other members of MASUM

August 11, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Cuba:  Arbitrary detention, ill-treatment and subsequent release without charges of trade unionist Iván Hernández Carrillo

August 11, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cuba

Israel / Occupied Palestinian Territory / The Netherlands: Attacks against Al-Haq's representative in Europe, Ms. Nada Kiswanson

August 11, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Netherlands, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Tunisia:  Arrestation, détention et ouverture de nouvelles poursuites à l’encontre de la bloggeuse Lina Ben Mhenni

August 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tunisia

Uganda:  Press Release: Police raids Uganda Pride event, arrests several human rights defenders and assaults participants

August 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Indonesia:  Press Release: Drop defamation complaints against human rights defender Haris Azhar

August 8, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Indonesia

Cambodia:  Joint Press Release: Civil society launches #FreeThe5KH campaign in support of the imprisoned ADHOC staff and NEC official

August 8, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia