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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Tajikistan:  ?Joint Statement: Drop draft legislation restricting NGO access to funding

November 25, 2014  |  Statements  |  Tajikistan

Rwanda:  Release of Mr. Evariste Nsabayezu and ongoing detention of Mr. Daniel Uwimana, both of them members of LIPRODHOR

November 25, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Rwanda

Cambodia:  Groundless charges against Venerable Loun Sovath need to be dropped

November 24, 2014  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Rwanda:  LIPRODHOR's General Assamblee must take place without hindrances nor threats

November 21, 2014  |  Statements  |  Rwanda

Cambodia:  Judicial harassment against Venerable Luon Sovath

November 20, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Mauritania:  Ongoing arbitrary detention against various members of IRA-Mauritania

November 20, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania

Mexico:  M?ission of international civil society observers: Conclusions of international experts: Lack of recognition, criminalisation and impunity are the reality of human rights defenders in Mexico

November 19, 2014  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Mexico:  Threats against the members of the Asamblea Popular del Pueblo Juchiteco (APPJ)

November 19, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Arbirary detention followed by provisional release and judicial harassment of Mr. Boniface Umpula Nyembo

November 19, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Egypt:  Continued arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Alaa Abdel-Fattah and 24 other individuals

November 19, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Continued judicial harassment of Ms. Mahienour El-Massry

November 19, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Azerbaijan:  Joint press release: ‘No More Business As Usual’ for Azerbaijan

November 17, 2014  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Press release - “Inter-mechanisms 5.1”: enhanced cooperation will lead to better protection of human rights defenders

November 14, 2014  |  Statements

Cambodia:  Press release: Eleven human rights defenders jailed

November 13, 2014  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Macedonia:  Open Letter: Concern on the situation of the LGBTI community in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

November 11, 2014  |  Statements  |  Macedonia