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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Belarus:  HRC “Viasna” office unlawfully raided, dozens arrested

March 25, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus
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Turkey:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Mr. Erol Önderoglu and Mr. Ahmet Nesin

March 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey
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Belarus:  Conviction of two members of Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Head of the Human Rights Center “Legal Assistance to the Population”

March 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus
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Turkey:  Provisional release of Mr. Raci Bilici, IHD Vice-President

March 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey
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Egypt:  State Council's report declared illegal the administrative closure order against El Nadeem Clinic

March 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Belarus:  Open Letter to the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka RE: Wave of detentions and Harassment

March 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus
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Bahrain:  After 282 days of arbitrary detention, human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s trial postponed once again

March 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Malaysia:  Sentencing of Ms. Lena Hendry for screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war

March 23, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia
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Djibouti:  Arrest and arbitrary detention of human rights defender Omar Ali Ewado

March 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti
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United Arab Emirates:  Arrest and detention in a secret location of Mr. Ahmed Mansoor

March 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates
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Honduras:  Joint Statement: International Organisations stand in solidarity with women human rights defender Suyapa Martinez

March 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest of Raci Bilici, Vice-President of the Human Rights Association (IHD)

March 17, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Mexico:  Detención arbitraria de Silvia Juárez Juárez y criminalización de 30 personas defensoras en Tecpatán, Chiapas

March 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Honduras:  Detención arbitraria y actos de hostigamiento contra Irma Lemus Amaya, Secretaria del OPDHA

March 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Belarus:  Judicial harassment of Leanid Sudalenka and Anatolii Poplavnyi, members of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”

March 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus