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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Ukraine:  Press Release: Suspect arrested in the killing of Katerina Gandzyuk: Fighting impunity in attacks against civil society must be a priority

November 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ukraine

Thailand:  Judicial harassment of human rights lawyer Anon Nampa

November 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Bangladesh:  Release on bail of Mr. Shahidul Alam

November 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Belarus:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Ales Burakou

November 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

China:  Ongoing incommunicado detention of Mr. Li Ming-che

November 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Bangladesh:  Slanderous accusations against the human rights NGO Odhikar

November 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Egypt:  WHRD Amal Fathy’s preventive detention extended for another 45 days

November 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Honduras:  Rights of victims in the Berta Cáceres murder trial are not respected

November 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Philippines:  Killing of human rights lawyer Mr. Benjamin Ramos

November 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Mauritania:  Blogger still detained one year after court decision quashing his death sentence

November 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania

Nicaragua:  Actos de intimidación por parte de la policía contra las y los participantes en una protesta organizada por el CENIDH

November 7, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

France:  Ongoing judicial harassment against the « 3+4 of Briançon »

November 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

China:  Immediately and Unconditionally Release Huang Qi & Ensure Access to Prompt Medical Care for all Detained Human Rights Defenders

November 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Cambodia:  CSOs call on authorities to step up the fight against endemic impunity

November 1, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

World summit brings surge of new commitments to protect human rights defenders

October 31, 2018  |  Statements