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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Egypt:  Sentencing of Mr. Alaa Abdel-Fattah together with 24 other individuals, including Mr. Ahmed Abdel Rahman

March 4, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Rwanda:  New hearing within the process of LIPRODHOR

March 3, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Rwanda

Bahrain:  Summoning of Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR)

March 2, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Colombia:  Aggression against members of the Peasant Association of Catumbo ASCAMCAT

March 2, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

India:  Arbitrary arrest and remand to judicial custody of Mr. Kalimuthu Kandhasamy

February 27, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Azerbaijan:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Rasul Jafarov

February 27, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Cameroon:  Report Publication: Defenders of the Rights of LGBTI persons face homophobia and violence

February 25, 2015  |  Reports and Publications  |  Cameroon

Cambodia:  Arrest and deportation of human and environmental rights defender Mr. Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson

February 24, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Colombia:  Harassment and persecution against members of the Lawyers' Association "José Alvear Restrepo" (CAJAR)

February 24, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Bahrain:  Arbitrary detention, judicial harassment and torture of Mr. Hussain Jawad, Chairman of the European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR)

February 23, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Guatemala:  “Smaller than David”: the fight of human rights defenders in Guatemala. Publication of Fact-Finding Report and Documentary Film

February 23, 2015  |  Reports and Publications  |  Guatemala

Egypt:  Judicial harassment and sentencing of Ms. Mahienour El-Massry

February 21, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Saudi Arabia:  Appeal Court confirms sentence against human rights lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair to 15 years

February 20, 2015  |  Statements  |  Saudi Arabia

Egypt:  Immediately release Alaa Abdel Fattah and Ahmed Abdel Rahman

February 19, 2015  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Morocco:  Raid on the premises of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) and assault against a human rights activist

February 19, 2015  |  Statements  |  Morocco