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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Turkey:  Indictment on terrorism charges of 11 human rights defenders

October 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey
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Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Sentencing of environmental rights defender Mr. Khaing Myo Htun to 18 months in prison

October 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

2017 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders goes to Mohamed Zaree

October 10, 2017  |  Statements

Uzbekistan:  Press Release: Release of human rights defenders a positive sign, others must follow

October 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uzbekistan

Colombia:  Report reveals the role of business and State actors in increasing threats to land and environmental rights defenders

October 5, 2017  |  Reports and Publications  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  La situación de las personas defensoras, un reflejo del deterioro de los derechos humanos en el país

October 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Kazakhstan:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Larisa Kharkova, President of KNPRK, and threats against her relatives and colleagues.

October 4, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

India:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of land rights activist Mr. Akhil Gogoi

September 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Israel:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Salah Hamouri

September 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

Egypt:  Attempt of closure by Egyptian authorities of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF).

September 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Zimbabwe:  Arbitrary arrest, subsequent release and ongoing judicial harassment against Pastor Evan Mawarire

September 27, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Congo, Democratic Republic:  20 eurodéputés parrainent 20 défenseurs congolais

September 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Free Rights Activists

September 26, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Uganda:  Authorities attempt to silence human rights organisations ahead of constitutional amendment

September 25, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Egypt:  Torture and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy

September 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt