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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Russian Federation:  Arson of the office of the Human Rights Center (HRC) Memorial in Nazran, Ingushetia, Chechenya

January 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Mexico:  Campaña sistemática de ataques contra el Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C. (Consorcio Oaxaca)

January 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Enlèvement et détention arbitraire de cinq défenseurs de Filimbi et trois défenseurs de la LUCHA, et libération provisoire de trois d'entre eux.

January 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Colombia:  Amenazas de muerte por parte de grupos paramilitares en contra de diversas personas y organizaciones de los movimientos de derechos humanos, social y sindical en el Valle del Cauca

January 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Parlamentarios europeos dan la voz de alarma sobre situación de personas defensoras de derechos humanos en Guerrero

January 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Saudi Arabia:  Condemned to silence: the situation of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia

January 17, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia:  Condemned to silence: the situation of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia

January 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Guatemala:  Asesinato del defensor de los derechos del Pueblo Xinka Ronal David Barillas Díaz

January 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Chile:  Comunicado de prensa: ¡La anulación del juicio no implica culpabilidad de Defensora Machi Lincoano y comuneros mapuches!

January 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Nouvelles menaces de mort visant M. Paul Nsapu, Président de la Ligue des Électeurs (LE), et secrétaire général adjoint de la FIDH

January 11, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Russian Federation:  Rights Defender Arbitrarily Arrested in Chechnya

January 11, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Sudan:  Arbitrary detention of two community leaders from Port Sudan, Red Sea state

January 11, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Egypt:  Sentencing of human rights lawyer Ms. Mahienour El-Massry

January 10, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Russian Federation:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of the Head of Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" in Chechnya Mr. Oyub Titiev.

January 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Mexico:  Asesinato de 5 miembros de CRAC-PC, detención arbitraria de 32 personas defensoras incluyendo 2 dirigentes y 3 integrantes del CECOP, y 27 miembros de CRAC-PC

January 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico