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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Iran:  New developments concerning the judicial harassment of human rights lawyer

December 10, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran
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Peru:  Criminalisation against the IDL lawyer Mr Juan Carlos Ruíz Molleda and the environmental doctor Mr Fernando Osores Plenge

December 10, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru
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Cameroon:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire et du harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de M. Michel Biem Tong

December 7, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon
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Russian Federation:  Human rights defender Emil Kurbedinov arrested today on extremism charges

December 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation
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Egypt:  Conditional release of Mr. Wael Abbas, journalist and blogger

December 4, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Thailand:  Drop Defamation Complaints Against Rights Defenders

December 1, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Nicaragua:  Campaña de ataques contra mujeres defensoras y organizaciones feministas

November 30, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Iran:  Continuing arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of Mr. Farhad Mayssami

November 30, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Bahrain:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of blogger and human rights defender Naji Fateel

November 30, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Cameroon:  Les restrictions de la liberté d’expression marquent un signal inquiétant du nouveau mandat du Président Biya

November 29, 2018  |  Statements  |  Cameroon

Greece:  Smear Campaigns and new threats against Advocates Abroad and its Executive Director Ariel Ricker

November 29, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Ethiopia:  Address restrictions in draft CSO Proclamation and protect freedom of association

November 29, 2018  |  Statements  |  Ethiopia

Cameroon:  Libérez le défenseur des droits humains Michel Biem Tong

November 28, 2018  |  Statements  |  Cameroon

Thailand:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Sutharee Wannasiri and Mr. Nan Win

November 27, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Burundi:   Civil society organisations call for Germain Rukuki’s acquittal in Burundi

November 26, 2018  |  Statements  |  Burundi