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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Cambodia:  Screening of the documentary "The Rights of Others" - 22 September 2014 at 18.30 - Maison des Arts du Grütli

September 22, 2014  |  Events  |  Cambodia
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Thailand:  Sentencing in appeal of Mr. Somyot Phueksakasemsuk

September 22, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Bahrain:  Provisional release pending trial of Ms. Maryam Al-Khawaja

September 22, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Cambodia:  Side Event: "Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia: A Call For Support"

September 22, 2014  |  Events  |  Cambodia
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Joint Statement on the 27th session of the Human Rights Council: Annual Discussion, Integration of a Gender Perspective

September 18, 2014  |   Human Rights Defenders, Violence against women  |  Statements
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Bahrain:  ?Joint global civil society letter: Release Maryam Al-Khawaja and end clampdown on civil society in Bahrain

September 18, 2014  |  Statements  |  Bahrain
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Egypt:  Continued arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Yara Sallam, Ms. Sana Seif and 22 protesters

September 18, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Egypt:  Release on bail of Mr. Alaa Abdel Fatah and Mr. Ahmed Abdel Rahman

September 16, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Azerbaijan:  The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) is alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison

September 12, 2014  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan:  Acts of violence in prison against Ms. Leyla Yunus

September 12, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Judicial harassment and risk of detention regarding lawyer Mr. Peter Ngomo Milambo

September 11, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Bahrain:  Continued arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Maryam Al-Khawaja

September 10, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Colombia:  Death threats against 88 human rights defenders in Colombia including Mrs. Jahel Quiroga

September 10, 2014  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Kyrgyzstan:  The Supreme Court refuses to review the sentencing of Mr. Azimjan Askarov to life imprisonment

September 9, 2014  |  Statements  |  Kyrgyzstan

Tunisia:  Violence and verbal and physical attacks against Mme Lina Ben Mhenni for her activities promoting human rights

September 5, 2014  |  Statements  |  Tunisia