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:  Judicial harassment against human rights lawyer Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh

October 20, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Release of Ms. Phyu Hnin Htwe

October 20, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Release of Mr. Thaw Zin

October 17, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Mexico:  Assassination of Mr. Atilano Román

October 17, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Bahrain:  Press Release: New trial against Nabeel Rajab to start on October 19

October 17, 2014  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Russian Federation:  Lawsuit filed against the renowned Historical, Educational, Human Rights and Charitable Society “Memorial” (Society “Memorial”)

October 17, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Mexico:  Joint Statement WHRDIC: Justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez

October 16, 2014  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Conditional release of Mr. Kyaw Hla Aung

October 15, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Bahrain:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Nabeel Rajab

October 10, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Ms. Phyu Hnin Htwe

October 9, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Egypt:  ?Joint Statement: Legal Retaliation against Egypt’s Human Rights Defenders Must Stop!

October 8, 2014  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Alejandra Ancheita Selected as the 2014 Laureate Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

October 8, 2014  |  Statements  |  Bangladesh, China, Mexico

Morocco:  Increase in the obstacles to the work of NGOs

October 7, 2014  |  Statements  |  Morocco

Bahrain:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Nabeel Rajab

October 2, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Syrian Arab Republic:  Joint Statement: Release Khalil Ma’touq immediately and unconditionally

October 2, 2014  |  Statements  |  Syrian Arab Republic