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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Mexico:  Joint statement: Release of Damián Gallardo and Enrique Guerrero must mark the beginning of a national policy that puts an end to the criminalisation of human rights defenders

February 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Ethiopia:  A new era for human rights organisations?

February 8, 2019  |  Statements  |  Ethiopia

India:  Acts of harassment and intimidation against Ms. Shila Bewa

February 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

India:  Acts of harassment and intimidation against several members of MASUM

February 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Spain:  The Spanish State must urgently uphold Helena Maleno's and Caminando Fronteras' right to defend human rights

February 8, 2019  |  Statements  |  Spain

Mexico:  Carta abierta de parlamentarios europeos muestra preocupación por la criminalización de integrantes del CECOP

February 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Mexico:  Criminalización, detención arbitraria y violación al debido proceso contra 6 personas defensoras en Tlanixco

February 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Mexico:  Joint Press Release: Stop the Criminalisation of Members of CECOP

February 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Saudi Arabia:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Israa Al-Ghomgham

February 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Zimbabwe:  Release on bail and ongoing judicial harassment of Pastor Evan Mawarire

February 1, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Russian Federation:  Death threats against Igor Kochetkov, Executive Director of the Russian LGBT Network

February 1, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

China:  Sentencing and arbitrary detention of Mr. Liu Feiyue

January 31, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

OMCT joins call for China resolution at Human Rights Council, focusing on Uyghur and other ethnic minorities

January 30, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions

Egypt:  Pursuit of the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Dr. Shadi al-Ghazali Harb

January 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

China:  Sentencing of Mr. Wang Quanzhang to four and a half years in prison

January 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China