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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Azerbaijan:  Press Release: Dismay as Rasul Jafarov is sentenced to 6 years and 3 months imprisonment in appeal

July 31, 2015  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan:  New developments in the first trial against Ms. Leyla Yunus and Mr. Arif Yunusov

July 31, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan:  Sport For Rights: Joint Statement: Anniversary of Leyla Yunus' arrest marks one year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan

July 30, 2015  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Chad:  Press Release: Djeralar Miankeol acquitted!

July 29, 2015  |  Statements  |  Chad

Cambodia:  Press Release: Constitutional Council must reject problematic provisions of the Law on Associations and NGOs

July 28, 2015  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Chad:  Press Release: Opening of the appeal process of Djeralar Miankeol

July 27, 2015  |  Statements  |  Chad

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Arrest of the leader of the Myanmar Farmers Union Ms.Su Su Nway

July 27, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Syrian Arab Republic:  Press Release: Selective application of amnesty leaves Mazen Darwish in jail

July 24, 2015  |  Statements  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Azerbaijan:  Press Release: Intigam Aliyev's sentence upheld following a summary trial

July 23, 2015  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Cambodia:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Ny Chakrya, Head of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Section of ADHOC

July 22, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Korea, (South) Republic of:  Detention of Mr. Lae-Goon Park, a standing steering committee member of the Coalition 4.16 on the Sewol Ferry Disaster

July 22, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of

China:  Joint Open Letter: The recent arrest of a large group of human rights lawyers in China

July 21, 2015  |  Statements  |  China

Azerbaijan:  Sport for Rights: Joint Letter to the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

July 20, 2015  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Mexico:  Murder attempt against Ms. Rocío María Olivera Toro Maya

July 20, 2015  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Thailand:  ?Thailand must end harassment of researchers and human rights defenders

July 20, 2015  |  Statements  |  Thailand