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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Morocco:  Aggression, detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Hicham Mansouri

March 25, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Press Release: Serious concerns regarding the equitable characer on the process against a human rights defender

March 23, 2015  |  Statements  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Arbitrary detention and sentencing of Messrs. Thein Aung Myint, Saw Hla Aung, Kyaw Myo Htun and Ms. Khet Khet Tin

March 23, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Azerbaijan:  Joint Statement on Azerbaijan under Item 4 of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

March 23, 2015  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Malaysia:  Suspension of that trial against the human rights defender Ms. Lena Hendry

March 20, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia

China:  Press Release: Release prominent women's rights defenders

March 19, 2015  |  Statements  |  China

Angola:  Publication of a Mission Report: “They want to keep us vulnerable”: Human Rights Defenders Under Pressure

March 19, 2015  |  Reports and Publications  |  Angola

Bahrain:  Joint statement: Human rights defenders Husain Abdulla and Abdulnabi Al-Ekri threatened at the Human Rights Council

March 19, 2015  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Syrian Arab Republic:  Press Release: Verdict against 3 prominent human rights defenders expected on March 25

March 18, 2015  |  Statements  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Azerbaijan:  Joint NGOs’ statement on AZERBAIJAN at the 28th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

March 17, 2015  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Mexico:  Joint public statement: International Organisations urge Mexican authorities to guarantee the security and integrity of relatives of the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa and of their representatives

March 17, 2015  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Mexico:  Joint open letter to the Mexican Authorities: International Organisations express deep concern over increasing risk faced by the families of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa and human rights defenders accompanying the case

March 17, 2015  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Bahrain:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Hussain Jawad

March 16, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Belarus:  The only registered regional human rights organisation under threat of dissolution

March 16, 2015  |  Statements  |  Belarus

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Arrest of 30 people

March 16, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic