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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Thailand:  Ongoing judicial harassment of migrant worker rights defender Andy Hall

May 23, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Bangladesh:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Mohammad Abdul Kaium, a member of Odhikar Human Rights Defenders Network

May 23, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Thailand:  Thammakaset must end its judicial harassment of human rights defenders

May 23, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Thailand

Mexico:  The criminalisation case against 16 CECOP members goes to trial

May 22, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Peru:  Stop Criminalizing Land Rights Defenders for Protesting against the Las Bambas Mining Project

May 20, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Peru

India:  New acts of harassment against Ms. Indira Jaising, Mr. Anand Grover and the Lawyers Collective

May 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Max Bokayev: In Kazakhstan, peacefully defending land rights earns a ticket to a penal colony

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May 16, 2019  |  Statements

Saudi Arabia:  One year on, crackdown on defenders of women’s rights continues

May 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Colombia:  International statement condemning attacks and threats against Afro-Colombian and indigenous leaders

May 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Thailand:  Judicial harassment of 15 pro-democracy activists

May 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Tanzania:  Open letter to States on preventative engagement with, and action on, Tanzania at the Human Rights Council’s 41st session

May 13, 2019  |  Statements  |  Tanzania

Mexico:  No developments in investigation one year after the disappearance of Ernesto Sernas

May 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Italy:  Judicial harassment against the Iuventa10 as a reprisal for their search and rescue actions in the Mediterranean sea

May 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Italy

Egypt:  Reprisal against human rights defender Mohamed Soltan for human rights advocacy

May 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Philippines:  Killing of Mr. Bernardino Patigas and death threats against Karapatan members Ms. Cristina Palabay and Ms. Clarizza Singson

May 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines