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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The world owes defenders, the heroes of human rights: Today OMCT’s Jilani

December 9, 2016  |  Statements

Syrian Arab Republic:  Abducted Activists’ Whereabouts Remain Unknown

December 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Kyrgyzstan:  Mounting pressure on human rights defenders as the Constitutional referendum approaches

December 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Cambodia:  Ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Messrs. Ny Chakrya, Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan, Nay Vanda, and Ms. Lim Mony - #FreeThe5KH

December 9, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Egypt:  Arrest and release on bail of Azza Soliman

December 8, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Greece:  Ongoing judicial and police harassment against the human right lawyer Electra Koutra

December 8, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Colombia:  Inquietante aumento de los asesinatos en contra de líderes sociales y defensores de derechos humanos en Colombia

December 7, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Asesinato de la defensora transgénero Sulma Alegria Robles

December 7, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention of members of IHD Ms. Seher Acay, Mr. Fevzi Adsiz, Mr. Ziya Ba?i, and Mr. Mahmut Bingöl

December 7, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Colombia:  Rechazo a las amenazas del paramilitarismo en contra del movimiento social y ambientalista en Colombia

December 2, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Honduras:  Human rights defenders between a rock and a hard place

December 1, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Honduras:  Mission Report - Human rights defenders between a rock and a hard place

December 1, 2016  |  Reports and Publications  |  Honduras

Joint statement: Human Rights Defenders are not criminals

November 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions

Kazakhstan:  Sentencing to five years in prison of human rights defenders Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayan

November 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

India:  Khurram Parvez still illegally detained, despite High Court order for his release

November 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India