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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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Jean de Dieu Kilima

July 28, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Turkey:  Provisional release of Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz and travel ban against him

July 26, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Thailand:  Summoning and ongoing judicial harassment of Sirikan “June” Charoensiri, from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)

July 26, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Guatemala:  Tribunal orders the immediate liberation of all criminalised defenders

July 25, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Mauritania:  Arrest and arbitrary detention of 13 members of IRA-Mautiranie

July 25, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania

Egypt:  Blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah is detained arbitrarily according to UN Working Group

July 22, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest of human rights defenders Orhan Kemal Cengiz and Sibel Semira Hurtas

July 22, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Cambodia:  Release detained human rights defenders and stop their harassment

July 21, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Kenya:  Four police officers charged with murder for the killing of Willie Kimani, his client and their taxi driver

July 20, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Honduras:  Theft of key evidences and information in the case of Berta Cáceres

July 19, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Israel:  Knesset approves controversial law targeting foreign-government funding for NGOs

July 18, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

Cambodia:  Continued judicial harassment against Ny Chakrya

July 15, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Lesotho:  Harassment and attack against Mr. Lloyd Mutungamiri and other staff members of the Lesotho Times

July 15, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Lesotho

Kenya:  Extrajudicial killing of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and their taxi driver

July 14, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Thailand:  Ongoing harassment of Prachatai journalist Taweesak Kerdpoka by Thai authorities

July 14, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand