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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Zimbabwe:  Compensation of Ms. Jestina Mungareva Mukoko, Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP)

October 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Ecuador:  Indulto y liberación de Pepe Acacho Gonzalez

October 11, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador

Singapore:  Sentencing and arbitrary detention of Mr. Seelan Palay

October 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Israel:  Release of Mr. Salah Hamouri

October 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

Philippines:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment against Senator Antonio Trillanes

October 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Burundi:  Les ONG internationales visées par une stratégie de reprise en main du pouvoir

October 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Algeria:  Arrestation arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de M. Salim Yezza, militant de la cause berbère algérien

October 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Egypt:  Sentencing and ongoing arbitrary detention of woman human rights defender Ms. Amal Fathy

October 1, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Press Release - Three Human Rights Defenders selected as Finalists for the 2019 Martin Ennals Award

October 1, 2018  |  Reports and Publications

Belarus:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Alena Masliukova, member of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” in Svetlogorsk and Mr. Anatoly Zmitrovich, an environmental activist

September 28, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Iran:  Open Letter to President Hassan Rouhani

September 28, 2018  |  Statements  |  Iran

Egypt:  Ahead of tomorrow’s verdict, the Observatory renews its call to drop all charges against Ms. Amal Fathy

September 28, 2018  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Kyrgyzstan:  Ongoing judicial harassment of the human rights organisations ADC "Memorial" and Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan

September 28, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Cambodia:  Conviction of four senior staff members of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC)

September 26, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Condamnation et poursuite de la détention arbitraire de quatre membres du Mouvement Filimbi

September 26, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic