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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Colombia:  Comunicado de prensa: ¡Basta de estigmatización a las personas defensoras de derechos humanos!

November 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia
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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire et du harcèlement judiciaire de MM. Timothée Mbuya, Jean Pierre Tshibitshabu, Erick Omari Omba, Patrick Mbuya Kwecha et Jean Mulenda

November 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic
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Equatorial Guinea:  Open letter to the President: Release Artist and Writer Ramón Esono Ebalé

November 15, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea
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Equatorial Guinea:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé

November 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea
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Cambodia:  CSOs Call for Immediate Release of Mother Nature Activists Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy

November 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Israel:  Ongoing smear campaign against Mr. Shawan Jabareen and Ms. Nada Kiswanson

November 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

India:  Renewed acts of police harassment and intimidation against Mr. Sanjit Mondal

November 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of ?HD Turkey President Mr. Ozturk Turkdogan, and three IHD executives and members.

November 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Champions of Change. Human rights defenders, at the forefront of development and democracy

November 9, 2017  |  Statements

Ukraine:  Open letter to the Ukrainian authorities: Stop Prosecution of Anti-corruption Activists

November 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ukraine

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Murder of Mr. Htay Aung, a land rights defender in Nawnghkio township

November 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Intervention to the 61st session of the African Commission on Human and Poeples' Rights

November 8, 2017  |  Statements

Viet Nam:  Joint Open Letter: Civil society organisations call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Nguyen Bac Truyen

November 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Peru:  Amenazas de muerte en contra del Sr. Huber Flores en el contexto de un conflicto sobre la tierra

November 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Burundi:  Maintien de la détention de M. Germain Rukuki

November 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi