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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China:  Closed-door trial and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Huang Qi

January 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

India:  Judicial harassment against Messrs. Hiren Gohain, Akhil Gogoi and Manjit Mahanta

January 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Russian Federation:  Imminent disbarment of Mr. Emil Kurbedinov

January 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Togo:  Harcèlement judiciaire et poursuite de la détention arbitraire de MM. Folly Satchivi et Johnson Assiba

January 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Nicaragua:  Solicitud al Tribunal para acoger y evaluar imparcialmente el Recurso de Amparo interpuesto por el CENIDH

January 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Egypt:  Sentencing and ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Amal Fathy

January 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Saudi Arabia:  First female rights defender facing death penalty, to appear before Court on January 13

January 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Singapore:  Conviction of Mr. Jolovan Wham

January 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Guatemala:  Comunicado conjunto: Recientes medidas del gobierno de Jimmy Morales constituyen un golpe a la institucionalidad democrática

January 9, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Libération de MM. Carbone Beni Wa Beya, Mino Bompomi, Grâce Tshiuza et Cédric Kalonji

January 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

China:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Li Ming-che and violation of his prisoner’s rights

January 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Iran:  Release on bail of Mr. Reza Khandan

January 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Turkey:  Conviction and sentencing of Ms. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT)

January 4, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Burundi:  Acquittement de MM. Aimé Constant Gatore, Marius Nizigama et Emmanuel Nshimirimana, points focaux de PARCEM

January 4, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

United Arab Emirates:  Joint statement: #FreeAhmed Mansoor immediately and without any conditions

December 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates