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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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Nouvelles menaces de mort visant M. Paul Nsapu, Président de la Ligue des Électeurs (LE), et secrétaire général adjoint de la FIDH

January 11, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Russian Federation:  Rights Defender Arbitrarily Arrested in Chechnya

January 11, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Sudan:  Arbitrary detention of two community leaders from Port Sudan, Red Sea state

January 11, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Egypt:  Sentencing of human rights lawyer Ms. Mahienour El-Massry

January 10, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Russian Federation:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of the Head of Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" in Chechnya Mr. Oyub Titiev.

January 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Mexico:  Asesinato de 5 miembros de CRAC-PC, detención arbitraria de 32 personas defensoras incluyendo 2 dirigentes y 3 integrantes del CECOP, y 27 miembros de CRAC-PC

January 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Maldives:  Death threats and harassment against Ms. Shahindha Ismail

January 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives

Colombia:  Intento de asesinato contra el Sr. Germán Graciano Posso, Representante legal de la Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó

January 2, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Mahienour El Massry

December 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Morocco:  Communiqué de presse: Trois ans après, le harcèlement à l’encontre de Maâti Monjib et six défenseurs des droits humains doit cesser

December 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Equatorial Guinea:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé (aka Jamón y Queso)

December 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

India:  Obstacles to freedom of movement and subsequent deportation of Mr. Mukunda Raj Kattel

December 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Colombia:  Press Release: Dear Mr. Defence Minister: these are not “lovers’ quarrels”; they are attacks against the right to defend human rights!

December 20, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Bahrain:  Human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja faces reprisals in detention after protesting poor prison conditions

December 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Cameroon:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Alain Patrice Nganang

December 18, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon