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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Joint Statement to all Member States of the United Nations General Assembly: Support the draft resolution on recognizing the role of human rights defenders and the need for their protection

November 24, 2015  |  Statements

Kazakhstan:  Call to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan not to sign into law the bill “On introducing changes and additions in some legislative acts of Republic of Kazakhstan regarding activities of the non-governmental organisations”

November 24, 2015  |  Statements  |  Kazakhstan

Russian Federation:  NGOs officially portrayed as “foreign agents”, “anti-constitutional” and “anti-Russian”, what next?

November 23, 2015  |  Statements  |  Russian Federation

Syrian Arab Republic:  Fears for Life of Free Expression Advocate: Bassel Khartabil, in Undiscloed Location, May Face Death Sentence

November 20, 2015  |  Statements  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Bahrain:  European Parliament urges Bahrain’s King to lift Nabeel Rajab’s travel ban and drop charges

November 20, 2015  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Angola:  Press Release: The Angola 15 must be released and their right to a fair trial guaranteed

November 19, 2015  |  Statements  |  Angola

Cuba:  Release and subsequent re-arrest of Messrs. Zaqueo Báez Guerrero and Ismael Bonet Reñé as well as Ms. María Josefa Acón Sardiñas, and arrest of aproximately 70 members of the Ladies in White

November 18, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cuba

Mexico:  Attack against the offices of the Centre for Human Rights Juan Gerardi AC

November 17, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Colombia:  Assassination of Mr. Daniel Abril, human rights defender and environmental and peasant leader

November 17, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights: Side event on challenges that human rights defenders face in the context of business activities in an age of a shrinking civil society space

November 17, 2015  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders  |  Events

Kenya:  Court decision to unfreeze the bank accounts of Haki Africa and Muslims for Human Rights

November 13, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Azerbaijan:  Measure of restraint against Mr. Arif Yunusov changed from detention to conditional release for the period of appeal

November 13, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Colombia:  Judicial harassment against Mr. Miller Armín Dussán Calderón, professor at the Universidad Sur Colombiana and President of ASOQUIMBO

November 13, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Kenya:  Administrative harassment of the Kenyan Human Rights Commission (KHRC)

November 13, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Egypt:  Release of Mr. Hossam Bahgat

November 13, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt