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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Azerbaijan:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Rasul Jafarov

January 29, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan
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Azerbaijan:  Physical attack against Ms. Gunay Ismailova

January 29, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan
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Philippines:  Press Release: Dismissal of the case filed against Mr. Bacalso and Mr. Fortaleza for their peaceful protest

January 29, 2015  |  Statements  |  Philippines
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Egypt:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Azza Soliman

January 29, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Colombia:  Threats against various members of MOVICE and other land rights defenders

January 28, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia
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Colombia:  Enforced disappearance and murder of Mr. Carlos Alberto Pedraza Salcedo

January 28, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Ongoing harassment and arbitrary detention since May 2013 of Mr. Damian Gallardo Martinez

January 23, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Iran:  Ongoing judicial harassment of imprisoned unionists and persisting crackdown on other unionists and labour activists

January 23, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Rwanda:  Provisional release of Mr. Daniel Uwimana and ongoing judicial harassment against various members of LIPRODHOR

January 23, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Rwanda

Tajikistan:  Sentencing of Mr. Sukhrat Kudratov

January 23, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tajikistan

Thailand:  Press Release: Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk must be released on bail

January 23, 2015  |  Statements  |  Thailand

Azerbaijan:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Intigam Aliyev

January 21, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Rasul Jafarov

January 21, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Iran:  Press Release: Ongoing harassment against prominent human rights defenders Nargess Mohammadi, Mahdieh Golrou and Mohammad Seifzadeh

January 21, 2015  |  Statements  |  Iran

Saudi Arabia:  Sentence against Raif Badawi referred to the Supreme Court in Riyadh

January 21, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia