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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OMCT addresses OSCE on new agenda on the eradication of torture free of political divides

September 25, 2014  |  Statements

Cambodia:  27th Session of the Human Rights Council

September 25, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Written Contribution for 2014 OSCE HDIM: Fundamental freedoms I, including freedom of peaceful assembly and association

September 23, 2014  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Turkey, Uzbekistan

Egypt:  Provisional release of Ms. Mahienour El-Massry

September 23, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Azerbaijan:  OMCT joins initiative asking sponsors of Baku 2015 to reconsider their financial engagement in the light of serious human rights concerns

September 23, 2014  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Cambodia:  Screening of the documentary "The Rights of Others" - 22 September 2014 at 18.30 - Maison des Arts du Grütli

September 22, 2014  |  Events  |  Cambodia

Thailand:  Sentencing in appeal of Mr. Somyot Phueksakasemsuk

September 22, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Bahrain:  Provisional release pending trial of Ms. Maryam Al-Khawaja

September 22, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Cambodia:  Side Event: "Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia: A Call For Support"

September 22, 2014  |  Events  |  Cambodia

Joint Statement on the 27th session of the Human Rights Council: Annual Discussion, Integration of a Gender Perspective

September 18, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders, Violence against women  |  Statements

Bahrain:  ?Joint global civil society letter: Release Maryam Al-Khawaja and end clampdown on civil society in Bahrain

September 18, 2014  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Egypt:  Continued arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Yara Sallam, Ms. Sana Seif and 22 protesters

September 18, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Release on bail of Mr. Alaa Abdel Fatah and Mr. Ahmed Abdel Rahman

September 16, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Azerbaijan:  The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) is alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison

September 12, 2014  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan:  Acts of violence in prison against Ms. Leyla Yunus

September 12, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan