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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India:  Harassment and intimidation of Mr. Mohar Ali Mondal, District Human Rights Monitor for MASUM in the village of Gobindapur

July 30, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Morocco:  Minister accuses NGOs to respond to a foreign agenda and hamper the fight against terrorism

July 29, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Swaziland:  Sentencing of Messrs. Thulani Rudolf Maseko and Bheki Makhubu to two years of prison

July 25, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Swaziland

Egypt:  New measures to further obstruct NGOs’ work

July 23, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Cameroon:  Arbitrary detention, judicial harassment and ill-treatments against Mr. Franklin Mowha

July 22, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

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

July 21, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Swaziland:  Human rights defenders Thulani Rudolf Maseko and Bheki Makhubu convicted for contempt of court

July 18, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Swaziland

Thailand:  GOOD NEWS! Release of land rights activist Mr. Prom Jarana

July 18, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Syrian Arab Republic:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Messrs. Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghrer and Hani Al-Zitani

July 18, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Syrian Arab Republic:  Activists Not Released Despite Amnesty - Free Peaceful Advocates, Workers Arbitrarily Detained

July 18, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Thailand:  Arbitrary arrest of land rights activist Mr. Prom Jarana

July 17, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Russian Federation:  Five years later, human rights defender Natalia Estemirova’s murderers still at large

July 14, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Assassination attempt of the wife of a police officer on the run prosecuted in the Chebeya-Bazana case

July 14, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Guatemala:  GOOD NEWS! Reversal of the cancellation of the temporary residence permits of two PBI volunteers

July 11, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Cameroon:  Assassination of Eric Ohena Lembembe, the investigation remains at a standstill

July 11, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon