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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Iran:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh

June 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Korea, (South) Republic of:  Release of trade union leader Lee Young-joo

June 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of

Chile:  Comunicado de prensa: A pesar de la absolución de Machi Linconao, Estado continúa aplicando Ley Antiterrorista de forma discriminatoria

June 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Iran:  Press Release: Prominent human rights lawyer detained today

June 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Guatemala:  Asesinato del Sr. Francisco Munguia, vicepresidente comunitario de CODECA en la Aldea Divisadero Xalapan Jalapa.

June 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Nicaragua:  Difamación en contra del Sr. Félix Maradiaga Blandón, Director Ejecutivo del Instituto de Estudios Estratégicos y Políticas Públicas - IEEP

June 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Amal Fathy

June 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Tunisia:  Harcèlement judiciaire continu et actes d’intimidation à l’encontre de Me Najet Laabidi

June 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tunisia

Guatemala:  Asesinato de los Sres. Florencio Nájera y Alejandro Hernández García, integrantes del Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (CODECA)

June 7, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Nicaragua:  Detención arbitraria y criminalización de los Sres. Jaime Ramón Ampié Toledo, Julio José Ampié Machado y William Efraín Picado Duarte

June 7, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Saudi Arabia:  Crackdown on Saudi women human rights defenders sets off alarms Over 30 human rights groups call for their immediate release

June 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Colombia:  Amenazas de muerte en contra del Sr. Héctor Sánchez Gómez, representante legal de la Asociación Comité Ambiental Agrario y Comunitario de Puerto Gaitán, y de la Junta de Acción Comunal de la vereda Rubiales.

June 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Asesinato del Sr. Ramón Choc Sacrab, miembro del CCDA y autoridad indígena de la comunidad Ixloc San Pedrito de Cobán, Alta Verapaz.

June 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Honduras:  Comunicado de prensa: Histórico juicio contra 3 policías por ataque contra 12 personas defensoras debe acabar en condena

May 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Venezuela:  Joint Press Release: Cases of arbitrary detention of Gregory Hinds and Geraldine Chacón presented to the UN

May 31, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela