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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Peru:  Concern for the judicial harassment against 16 land rights defenders from Catacaos and against 2 journalists Pedro Salinas and Paola Ugaz in Piura

April 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Saudi Arabia:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Mses. Aziza al-Youssef and Eman al-Nafjan, and continuing arbitrary detention of eight other WHRDs

April 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Colombia:  Asesinato de Ceferino Yunda Camayo y ataques contra oficinas de FUNDECIMA y CRIC en el marco de la Minga del Suroccidente

April 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Colombia:  Campaña de ataques, intimidación y amenazas contra Daniel Prado por su trabajo en proceso penal contra el grupo paramilitar "Los 12 apóstoles"

April 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Civil society organizations condemn ongoing criminalization of human rights defenders Claudia Samayoa and Jose? Marti?nez

April 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Guatemala:  OMCT Campaign: Stop the criminalisation of Claudia and Jose! #SOSClaudia #SOSJose #SOSGuatemala

April 1, 2019  |  Links  |  Guatemala

Saudi Arabia:  Provisional release and ongoing judicial harassment of Mses. Aziza al-Youssef and Eman al-Nafjan along with eight other WHRDs

April 1, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Egypt:  Conditional release of Mr. Alaa Abdel Fattah

March 29, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Iran:  Joint submission to the UPR details dire situation of human rights defenders

March 29, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Iran

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

March 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Viet Nam:  Suspected abduction and subsequent arbitrary detention of blogger Mr. Truong Duy Nhat

March 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Peru:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against the leaders of the Fuerabamba Community

March 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Colombia:  Campaign of stigmatization of the defense of human rights and of social protest in the framework of the mobilisation in the Southwest of the country

March 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Honduras:  Intensificación de la campaña de ataques contra personas defensoras en la zona sur, incluyendo el asesinato del comunicador social Carlos Gabriel Hernández

March 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Guatemala:  Judicial harassment by the President of the SCJ against Claudia Virginia Samayoa Pineda and José Manuel Martínez Cabrera

March 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala