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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Oman:  Death while in custody of Mr. Hassan Al-Basham

May 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Oman

Détention arbitraire et expulsion de Mme Caroline Nord et M. Juan Obregón

May 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Colombia:  No peace for human rights defenders, no peace without them

May 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Colombia:  No peace for human rights defenders

May 15, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Asesinato del Luís Arturo Marroquín, defensor del territorio e integrante de la Dirección Nacional del CODECA

May 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention on remand of Ms. Amal Fathy

May 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention of activist Ms. Amal Fathy

May 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Colombia:  Asesinato de dos integrantes del Movimiento Ríos Vivos Antioquia, y dos de sus familiares

May 11, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Honduras:  Criminalización, detención y liberación del defensor de derechos humanos Eduardo Urbina miembro del MEU

May 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Mexico:  Comunicado conjunto sobre la liberación de Roque Coca y el contexto de criminalización de la protesta social en Oaxaca

May 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Bahrain:  Rights groups raise serious concerns over Nabeel Rajab's appeal hearing following trial observation mission

May 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Bahrain:  As appeal case continues, trial observation mission found Nabeel Rajab's five-year prison sentence followed unfair trial proceedings

May 8, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bahrain

Philippines:  Arbitrary arrest, judicial harassment, and imminent deportation of Sister Patricia Fox

May 3, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Turkey:  Urgent Call for International Action to Prevent Lifelong Sentencing of Eren Keskin

May 3, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Dégradation de l’état de santé de cinq membres du mouvement Filimbi

May 3, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic