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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Bahrain:  Conditional release of Mr. Hussain Jawad

May 22, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Kyrgyzstan:  Press Release: The Human Rights Committee of the Kyrgyz Parliament decides not to give its opinion on the highly controversial "foreign agents" law

May 21, 2015  |  Statements  |  Kyrgyzstan

Cambodia:  Open Letter: Draft law on civil society in Cambodia

May 21, 2015  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Kyrgyzstan:  Assault against participants to an anti-homophobia event organised by Labris

May 21, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Egypt:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Azza Soliman

May 21, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Niger:  Arrest and detention of Mr. Moussa Tchangari

May 20, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Russian Federation:  The Observatory deplores the adoption of the bill on “undesirable foreign organisations”

May 20, 2015  |  Statements  |  Russian Federation

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Arbitrary detention and sentencing of six human rights defenders

May 19, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Syrian Arab Republic:  Concern for the enforced disappearance of 3 human rights defenders

May 19, 2015  |  Statements  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Mexico:  Threats and harassment against Ms. Elsa Arísta González

May 19, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Sudan:  Release on bail of Mr. Adil Bakheit

May 18, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Philippines:  Surveillance, threats and harassment of Karapatan human rights workers and peasant leaders

May 18, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Azerbaijan:  Extension of the provisional detention of Ms. Khadija Ismayilova

May 18, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Ecuador:  Joint Press Release: Human rights organisations question the new sentence against Javier Ramírez

May 16, 2015  |  Statements  |  Ecuador

Bahrain:  Sentencing and continued arbitrary detention of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

May 15, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain