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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Kyrgyzstan:  Azimjan Askarov Case: Kyrgyzstan should uphold, not undermine the international human rights framework

April 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Syrian Arab Republic:  Joint appeal to help free Syrian human rights defender Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues on her birthday

April 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Thailand:  Five years on, international organizations renew their call for the release of Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk

April 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Algeria:  Joint Open Letters: European Parliament Resolution on Algeria: One Year After

April 28, 2016  |  Statements  |  Algeria

India:  Renewed threats and harassment against relatives of Mr. Ajimuddin Sarkar

April 27, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Finalists for the Martin Ennals Award 2016 for Human Rights Defenders are Zone 9 Bloggers, Ilham Tohti and Razan Zaitouneh

April 27, 2016  |  Statements

Greece:  Ongoing crackdown on civil society providing humanitarian assistance to migrants and asylum seekers

April 27, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Honduras:  Joint Statement: Attacks and intimidation against participants and international observers at the International Meeting "Berta Ca?ceres Lives"

April 25, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Kyrgyzstan:  UN calls for immediate release of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov

April 25, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Egypt:  Ongoing judicial harassment against several human rights defenders and organisations

April 22, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Mexico:  Grupo de expertos de la ONU califica de ilegales y arbitrarias las detenciones de cinco personas defensoras de derechos humanos: México utiliza la detención arbitraria de personas defensoras para inhibir la defensa de los DH

April 20, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Honduras:  Malos tratos y arresto arbitrario del director y otros integrantes de la organización LGBTI Asociación Jóvenes en Movimiento (Somos CDC)

April 20, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention and upcoming trial of four academics and researcher

April 20, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Azerbaijan:  Leyla and Arif Yunus finally out of the country to receive urgent medical treatment

April 19, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Mexico:  Conferencia de prensa: La detención arbitraria en México: Pendientes del Estado mexicano ante la ONU

April 18, 2016  |  Events  |  Mexico