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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Angola:  José Marcos Mavungo acquitted and released!

May 27, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Angola
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Bangladesh:  Further acts of administrative and judicial harassment against Odhikar and its Secretary, Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan

May 27, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh
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Azerbaijan:  Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova free at last!

May 25, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan
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Uganda:  Burglary of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF)

May 25, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda
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Mexico:  Amenazas y actos de intimidación en contra de las hijas de Braulio Gómez Gómez, Presidente de la LIMEDDH

May 25, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico
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Azerbaijan:  27MAY Brussels protest calling for Azerbaijan to #FreeKhadija!

May 25, 2016  |  Events  |  Azerbaijan
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Korea, (South) Republic of:  Continuing judicial harassment of labour activists of the KCTU

May 23, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of
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Honduras:  Press Release: International mission confirms lack of protection and criminalisations of human rights defenders

May 23, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras
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Colombia:  Threats against Héctor Sánchez Gómez and various community leaders from veredas Rubiales and Cuernavaca

May 23, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Iran:  New prison sentence issued against imprisoned woman human rights defender, a travesty of justice

May 20, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Mauritania:  Release of Messrs. Biram Ould Dah Abeid and Brahim Ould Bilal Ramdane

May 19, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania

Mexico:  Joint Statement: International Day against Homophobia, Lesbophobia and Transphobia

May 17, 2016  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Mexico:  Joint Statement of NGOs in the European Union (EU) on the publication of the final GIEI report

May 17, 2016  |  Statements  |  Mexico

United Arab Emirates:  Free Emirati human rights defender Dr. Nasser Bin Ghaith, on trial for online posts in violation of his right to free expression

May 17, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Egypt:  Continuing judicial harassment against Mr. Negad El-Borai

May 17, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt