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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Cameroon:  Provisional release of 4 members of Dynamique Citoyenne

October 7, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Mexico:  Arbritrary detention of Mrs. Rocío Celeste Martínez Gregorio and Mr. Fidel Desiderio Martínez in Oaxaca

October 7, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Syrian Arab Republic:  Disclose Whereabouts of Detained Freedom of Expression Advocate Bassel Khartabil

October 7, 2015  |  Statements  |  Syrian Arab Republic

United Arab Emirates:  Ahmed Mansoor Selected as the 2015 Laureate of Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

October 6, 2015  |  Events  |  United Arab Emirates

Syrian Arab Republic:  Joint Statement Urging Release of Human Rights Lawyer Khalil Ma’touq

October 6, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Turkey:  Provisional release of Messrs. Zana Aksu and Azat Ta? / Ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Mirza Ekin

October 6, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

2015 Martin Ennals Award Ceremony - 6 October 2015 in Geneva

October 6, 2015  |  Events  |  Guinea, Myanmar (ex-Burma), United Arab Emirates

Turkey:  Police raid of the offices of the Siirt branch of the Human Rights Association (?HD) and arbitrary detention of Messrs. Zana Aksu, Azat Ta? and Mirza Ekin

October 1, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey


October 1, 2015  |  Events

India:  Abduction, arbitrary detention, ill-treatment and judicial harassment of Mr. Ajimuddin Sarkar

September 30, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Egypt:  Continued arbitrary detention of Ms. Mahienour El-Massry, Mr. Youssef Shaban, and Mr. Loay Mohamed Abdel Rahman

September 30, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Mexico:  Side event at HRC30: Presentation of: "In Defense of Life": Conclusions of the Mission of International Civil Society Observers about the situation of Human Rights Defenders in Mexico 2015

September 28, 2015  |  Events  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Joint Statement: A Presidential Pardon Frees some WHRDs, while Others are Still Detained or Not Included

September 28, 2015  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Libya:  30th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC30): Joint Statement: UPR Outcomes: Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Libya

September 25, 2015  |  Statements  |  Libya

Colombia:  Carta abierta conjunta a las autoridades colombianas ante los graves incidentes producidos en contra de la Sra. Yessika Hoyos, sus familiares y otros miembros de la CCAJAR

September 25, 2015  |  Statements  |  Colombia