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:  Sentencing of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong to two years’ imprisonment

November 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China
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Bahrain:  Call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab, as prison sentence is upheld

November 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Guatemala:  International Statement on the draft NGO Law in Guatemala

November 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Bahrain:  15 Rights Groups to US, UK and EU: Support Nabeel Rajab Ahead of the Appeal Judgement Against 2-Year Sentence For Speaking to Press

November 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Egypt:  Death in custody of Mr. Gamal Sorour and judicial harassment of 32 Nubian rights activists

November 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt
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Colombia:  Comunicado de prensa: ¡Basta de estigmatización a las personas defensoras de derechos humanos!

November 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire et du harcèlement judiciaire de MM. Timothée Mbuya, Jean Pierre Tshibitshabu, Erick Omari Omba, Patrick Mbuya Kwecha et Jean Mulenda

November 16, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Equatorial Guinea:  Open letter to the President: Release Artist and Writer Ramón Esono Ebalé

November 15, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé

November 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

Cambodia:  CSOs Call for Immediate Release of Mother Nature Activists Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy

November 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Israel:  Ongoing smear campaign against Mr. Shawan Jabareen and Ms. Nada Kiswanson

November 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

India:  Renewed acts of police harassment and intimidation against Mr. Sanjit Mondal

November 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of ?HD Turkey President Mr. Ozturk Turkdogan, and three IHD executives and members.

November 9, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Champions of Change. Human rights defenders, at the forefront of development and democracy

November 9, 2017  |  Statements

Ukraine:  Open letter to the Ukrainian authorities: Stop Prosecution of Anti-corruption Activists

November 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ukraine