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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Mexico:  Asesinato del Sr. Abraham Hernández González, defensor de derechos humanos y coordinador de la comunidad Los Ciruelos, integrante del Comité por la Defensa de los Derechos Indígenas (CODEDI)

July 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Hungary:  Call to vote down the proposed Law on the taxation of civil society organisations working with migrants and receiving foreign funding, the Law on the protection of privacy (Draft Bill T/706) and the Law on freedom of assembly (Draft Bill T/707)

July 19, 2018  |  Statements  |  Hungary

Chile:   Actos de hostigamiento en contra de la abogada y defensora de derechos humanos Sra. Karina Riquelme

July 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Niger:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire de MM. Sadat Illiya Dan Malam, Yahaya Badamassi, Ibrahim Diori , Maikoul Zodi, Ali Idrissa Moussa Tchangari, Nouhou Mahamadou Arzika, Me. Lirwana Abdourahmane, M. Karim Tanko, et de M. Abdourahamane Idé Has

July 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Tajikistan:  Sentencing of journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov to 12 years in high-security penal colony

July 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tajikistan

Burundi:  Déjà un an détention pour Germain Rukuki, incarcéré pour ses activités de défense des droits humains

July 13, 2018  |  Statements  |  Burundi

Hungary:  Hungarian authorities to criminalise humanitarian assistance to migrants

July 10, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hungary

Russian Federation:  Call for immediate release of Oyub Titiev, as trial starts today

July 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Saudi Arabia:  Incommunicado detention of WHRD Hatoon Al Fassi

July 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Niger:  Arrestation de M. Karim Tanko, détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire continu de MM. Sadat Illiya Dan Malam, Yahaya Badamassi, Ibrahim Diori, Maikoul Zodi, Ali Idrissa, Moussa Tchangari, Nouhou Mahamadou Arzika, Lirwana Abdourahmane, Abdourahaman

July 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Nicaragua:  Patrón de ataques contra periodistas involucrados en labores de información sobre la represión de las protestas en el país

July 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Kenya:  Authorities should implement the PBO Act before it becomes paper tiger

July 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Kenya:  After years of broken promises, will the PBO Act become more than paper tiger?

July 5, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Kenya

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Etraves à la liberté de mouvement de Mme Rebecca Kabuo Syndy

July 4, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Dr. Shadi al-Ghazali Harb

July 4, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt