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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Bahrain:  Deterioration of the medical conditions of Nabeel Rajab

June 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Guatemala:  Amenazas de muerte en contra de Alejandro Rodríguez, abogado en el Caso Molina Theissen, y allanamiento de la oficina y agresión física contra un miembro de Impunity Watch

June 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Guatemala:  Assassination of Brenda Marleni Estrada Tambito, unionist of UNSITRAGUA - HISTÓRICA

June 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

India:  Acts of harassment against Ms. Soni Sori,tribal rights activist and women’s rights defender

June 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Open Letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council calling for support in rejecting amendments to HRC32 draft resolution protecting civil society space

June 29, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions

Turkey:  Remand in custody of Ramazan Demir & Ay?e Acinikli, members of the Association of Lawyers for Freedom, pending the next hearing in their trial

June 28, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Turkey:  Joint NGO Statement following the arrest of three human rights defenders

June 28, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Egypt:  Travel ban on Mozn Hassan, Founder and Executive Director of Nazra for Feminist Studies

June 28, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Interview with Noémie Kocher, OMCT Ambassador

June 27, 2016  |   Assistance to victims, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders, Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Events

Mexico:  Good news! Favorable judgment for human rights defender and indigenous leader Ildefonso Zamora

June 24, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Joint Statement: Civil society faces existential threat

June 22, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Bahrain:  Continued arbitrary detention and judicial harassment faced by Nabeel Rajab

June 22, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Guatemala:  Oleada de ataques contra periodistas incluyendo asesinato de Víctor Hugo Valdés Cardona y Diego Salomón Esteban Gaspar

June 22, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Kyrgyzstan:  Insults to the honour and dignity of leading human rights defenders go unpunished

June 22, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention of Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Erol Önderoglu and Ahmet Nesin

June 21, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey