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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Bahrain:  Open letter to Bahraini authorities: Drop all charges and release Nabeel Rajab

December 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Cameroon:  Libération de M. Michel Biem Tong, journaliste et défenseur des droits humains

December 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Nicaragua:  Comunicado de prensa: OEA debe tomar medidas urgentes frente a la oleada represiva contra la sociedad civil

December 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Mohamed Ramadan, a human rights lawyer

December 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Lao People's Democ. Rep.:  Six Years On, Civil Society Worldwide Demands Answers to the Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone

December 14, 2018  |  Statements  |  Lao People's Democ. Rep.

Nicaragua:  Press Release: The arbitrary decision to annul the legal personality of the CENIDH marks the definitive entry of the country into a dictatorial regime

December 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Shrinking space for civil society in the OSCE hits a new low at the Ministerial Council Meeting in Milano

December 12, 2018  |  Statements

Russian Federation:  Sentencing and arbitrary detention of Mr. Lev Ponomarev, Executive Director of the “For Human Rights” movement

December 11, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Iran:  New developments concerning the judicial harassment of human rights lawyer

December 10, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Peru:  Criminalisation against the IDL lawyer Mr Juan Carlos Ruíz Molleda and the environmental doctor Mr Fernando Osores Plenge

December 10, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Cameroon:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire et du harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de M. Michel Biem Tong

December 7, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Russian Federation:  Human rights defender Emil Kurbedinov arrested today on extremism charges

December 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Egypt:  Conditional release of Mr. Wael Abbas, journalist and blogger

December 4, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Thailand:  Drop Defamation Complaints Against Rights Defenders

December 1, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Nicaragua:  Campaña de ataques contra mujeres defensoras y organizaciones feministas

November 30, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua