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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China:  Ill treatment, arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Wu Zeheng

August 27, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Thailand:  Joint statement on the Judicial Harassment of Leading Human Rights Defender, Ms. Pornpen Khongkachonkiet

August 27, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Viet Nam:  Three human rights defenders sentenced to jail

August 27, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

India:  Arbitrary re-arrest of Ms. Irom Sharmila Chanu

August 27, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Colombia:  Harassment and threats to leaders of the CPDH

August 26, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Viet Nam:  Drop trumped-up charges against human rights defenders Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh

August 25, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Htin Kyaw, Tin Maung Kyi and Zaw Win

August 22, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Cameroon:  Continued judicial harassment against Mr. Nasako Besingi

August 18, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Azerbaijan:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and deterioration of the health condition of Ms. Leyla Yunus

August 18, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

OSCE/ODIHR Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders: Time for a genuine implementation across all the OSCE area and beyond

August 14, 2014  |  Statements

Rwanda:   An unexpected decision in "LIPRODHOR" case

August 13, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Rwanda

Azerbaijan:  Open Letter to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers about the increasing repression against civil society and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan

August 8, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Thailand:  International Appeal to Thai Pineapple Industry Association to urge Natural Fruit to drop cases against labour rights defender Andy Hall

August 8, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Niger:  Call for the protection of human rights defenders who are seeking greater transparency & fairness in dealings between the Niger government & extractive industries

August 8, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Azerbaijan:  Increasing repression against civil society severely tarnishes Azerbaijan's Presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers

August 6, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan