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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France:  Harcèlement judiciaire du défenseur des droits des personnes migrantes et réfugiées M. Pierre-Alain Mannoni

September 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Mexico:  Comunicado conjunto: Sexenio de EPN, letal para personas defensoras de DH; 106 ejecutados extrajudicialmente y 81 desaparecidos; incremento constante de casos

September 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Salah Hamouri

September 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Indonesia:  Government must make public the 2005 fact-finding report on Munir’s case

September 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Indonesia

Burundi:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire de Germain Rukuki et violation de son droit à un procès équitable

September 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Honduras:  Desalojo violento contra estudiantes de la UNAH en huelga de hambre y hostigamiento judicial contra 37 persona defensoras

September 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Kyrgyzstan:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Cholpon Djakupova, Ms. Dina Maslova and Mr. Narynbek Idinov aka Naryn Aiyp

September 1, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Syria - Justice for the thousands of victims of enforced disappearances

August 30, 2017  |  Statements

France:  The harassment of Cédric Herrou, defender of migrants' rights, must end

August 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Venezuela:  Amenazas y asalto violento a la oficina de Aula Abierta Venezuela

August 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Colombia:  Death threats against Eison Valencia Sinisterra, member of the Espacio Humanitario Punta Icaco in Buenaventura, following a meeting with the Observatory

August 29, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

France:  Condamnation et harcèlement continu de M. Cédric Herrou

August 28, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Spain:  Actos difamatorios y amenazas de muerte contra la defensora de los derechos de las personas migrantes Helena Maleno Garzón

August 25, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

India:  Murder of Mr. Lafiqul Islam Ahmed

August 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Kazakhstan:  Press Release: UN body declares the detention of Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayanov arbitrary

August 24, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan