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:   Attack of the office of the Joint Mobile Group (JMG) and attacks against Mr. Igor Kalyapin

December 19, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Egypt:  Request for urgent action ahead of appeal verdict hearing on Yara Sallam

December 19, 2014  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Turkey:  Justice at last! P?nar Selek acquitted after 16 years of judicial harassment

December 19, 2014  |  Statements  |  Turkey

Azerbaijan:  Open Letter: Call for an immediate end to crackdown against human rights defenders

December 18, 2014  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Intensifying the European Union‘s support to human rights defenders: Civil society proposals for the new EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy

December 16, 2014  |  Statements  |  Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Rwanda:  Judicial harassment against various membets of LIPRODHOR and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Daniel Uwimana

December 13, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Rwanda

Bangladesh:  Restrictions on foreign funding for NGOs must be dropped

December 12, 2014  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh

Moldova, Republic of:  Concern on the situation of human rights defenders from the Transnistrian region

December 12, 2014  |  Statements  |  Moldova, Republic of

Spain:  Organic Law for the Protection of Public Security: A Threat to Civil Liberties in Spain

December 12, 2014  |  Statements  |  Spain

Viet Nam:  Conviction of three human rights defenders upheld

December 12, 2014  |  Statements  |  Viet Nam

Freedom of Assembly under Threat: Muzzling dissent in the Euro-Mediterranean region

December 11, 2014  |  Reports and Publications  |  Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territory Occupied, Poland, Serbia , Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Western Sahara

Syrian Arab Republic:  No word on four abducted activists: A year on, no information on Douma Four

December 10, 2014  |  Statements  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Video 10: "10 Days of Activism against Torture" Campaign

December 10, 2014  |  Events

Video 9: "10 Days of Activism against Torture" Campaign

December 9, 2014  |  Events

Sudan:  Arrest of the President of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM)

December 8, 2014  |  Statements  |  Sudan