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:  Joint Open Letter: Concern about the situation of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan

October 24, 2014  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan:  Press Release: Alarm over safety of leading human rights defender Leyla Yunus following transfer to Prison of the Ministry of National Security

October 23, 2014  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Mexico:  Acts of harassment against Mrs. Martha Solorzano

October 22, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Bahrain:  The verdict on Nabeel Rajab's trial expected on October 29

October 21, 2014  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Call for nominations: The 2015 Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders (MEA)

October 21, 2014  |  Statements

Russian Federation:  Joint NGO Letter to the President of the Russian Federation: To stop clampdown on freedom of association

October 21, 2014  |  Statements  |  Russian Federation

Iran:  Judicial harassment against human rights lawyer Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh

October 20, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Release of Ms. Phyu Hnin Htwe

October 20, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Release of Mr. Thaw Zin

October 17, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Mexico:  Assassination of Mr. Atilano Román

October 17, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Bahrain:  Press Release: New trial against Nabeel Rajab to start on October 19

October 17, 2014  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Russian Federation:  Lawsuit filed against the renowned Historical, Educational, Human Rights and Charitable Society “Memorial” (Society “Memorial”)

October 17, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Mexico:  Joint Statement WHRDIC: Justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez

October 16, 2014  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Conditional release of Mr. Kyaw Hla Aung

October 15, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Bahrain:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Nabeel Rajab

October 10, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain