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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Equatorial Guinea:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of cartoonist and blogger Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé (aka Jamón y Queso)

February 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea
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Philippines:  Release of Senator Leila de Lima urged on the one-year anniversary of her detention

February 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines
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Bahrain:  Nabeel Rajab sentenced to five more years in prison for tweeting in unfair trial proceedings, according to trial observation mission

February 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Greece:  Impunity regarding the attacks perpetrated in December 2016 against minority human rights defenders

February 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece
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Egypt:  State Security Emergency Court expected to reach a verdict in the trial of the 32 Nubian human rights defensers

February 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Mexico:  Asesinato de 3 integrantes del Comité de Defensa de los pueblos Indígenas (CODEDI) e intento de asesinato del miembro fundador Abraham Ramírez Vásquez

February 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico
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Bahrain:  Joint Press Release: The price for speaking out: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweeting in Bahrain

February 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Thailand:  Judicial harassment of seven defenders for their involvement in a peaceful demonstration

February 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Guatemala:  Intento de asesinato de la Fiscal de Derechos Humanos Sonia Montes

February 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Hungary:  Civil society under attack in Hungary

February 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hungary

Sudan:  Open letter on the crackdown on peaceful protests by Sudanese government forces

February 16, 2018  |  Statements  |  Sudan

Criminalización de cuatro personas defensoras del derecho a la salud en Chiapas y detención arbitraria de una de ellas.

February 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Anguilla, Mexico

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Libération de MM. Mbuya, Tshibitshabu, Mbuya Kwecha et Mulenda et poursuite du harclèment judiciaire à leur encontre

February 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Burundi:  Nouvelles accusations à l’encontre de Germain Rukuki, irrégularités de procédure et poursuite de sa détention arbitraire.

February 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Bahrain:  On 7th anniversary of beginning of popular movement, NGOs call for end to systematic targeting of human rights defenders and journalists

February 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain