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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Détention arbitraire de Mme Nazha El Khalidi, journaliste et membre du collectif sahraoui Equipe Media

December 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Congo, Democratic Republic:  République Démocratique du Congo – La société civile inquiète des violences et l’usage excessif de la force à l’approche des élections.

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December 21, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders, Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Spain:  Preocupación por la campaña de ataques en contra del Sr. Iñaki Rivera, Director del Observatorio del Sistema Penal y los Derechos Humanos (OSPDH) y del Sistema de Registro y Comunicación de la Violencia Institucional (SIRECOVI)

December 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

France:  Annulation de la condamnation et de la poursuite du harcèlement judiciaire de M. Pierre-Alain Mannoni

December 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Global action plan calls for States at the UN General Assembly to ensure protection of human rights defenders worldwide

December 18, 2018  |  Statements

France:  Annulation partielle de la condamnation et poursuite du harcèlement judiciaire de M. Cédric Herrou

December 18, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

20 years on from the adoption of the UN Declaration on Defenders: The protection of human rights defenders is non-negotiable

December 18, 2018  |  Statements

Brazil:  Joint Press Release: Alarming increase in the number of attacks against land rights defenders

December 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Bahrain:  Open letter to Bahraini authorities: Drop all charges and release Nabeel Rajab

December 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Cameroon:  Libération de M. Michel Biem Tong, journaliste et défenseur des droits humains

December 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Nicaragua:  Comunicado de prensa: OEA debe tomar medidas urgentes frente a la oleada represiva contra la sociedad civil

December 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Mohamed Ramadan, a human rights lawyer

December 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Lao People's Democ. Rep.:  Six Years On, Civil Society Worldwide Demands Answers to the Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone

December 14, 2018  |  Statements  |  Lao People's Democ. Rep.

Nicaragua:  Press Release: The arbitrary decision to annul the legal personality of the CENIDH marks the definitive entry of the country into a dictatorial regime

December 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Shrinking space for civil society in the OSCE hits a new low at the Ministerial Council Meeting in Milano

December 12, 2018  |  Statements