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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Russian Federation:  First human rights organisation liquidated by court for "influencing public opinion"

February 11, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of 49 individuals participating in a press conference organised by the ?zmir Peace Block

February 11, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Thailand:  Joint Statement: End Impunity and Ensure Justice for Community under Attack

February 11, 2016  |  Statements  |  Thailand

Sierra Leone:  Imprisonment in Sierra Leone, trial against journalists in France, the critical voices against Bolloré are silenced

February 10, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sierra Leone

Mexico:  Ill-treatment, harassment and repraisals by the personnel of the detention centre against Mr. Damián Gallardo Martínez

February 10, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Peru:  Acts of harassment by the security officers of the mining company Yanacocha against Ms. Máxima Acuña and her family

February 10, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Colombia:  HRDN Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders Campaign: Second Featured case: David Ravelo

February 10, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Sierra Leone:  Arbitrary detention and continued judicial harassment against several members of the Malen Land Owners and Users Association (MALOA) in three different criminal cases

February 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sierra Leone

Cambodia:  Continued judicial harassment faced by Messrs. Vorn Pao, Theng Savoeun, Chan Puthisak and Sokun Sambath Piseth

February 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

China:  WHRDIC condemns closure of women’s legal aid center in China

February 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire et du harcèlement judiciaire de M. Frederick (Fred) Bauma, militant de la LUCHA et de M. Yves Makwambala, webmaster et artiste graphique

February 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Bahrain:  Acquittal of Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati

February 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Honduras:  Alarming increase in killings and attacks against members of the organization Arcoiris

February 3, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Thailand:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights

February 3, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Bangladesh:  Immediately release Mahmudur Rahman, arbitrarily imprisoned since 2013

February 3, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh