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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Libya:  Arbitrary detention of Messrs. Essam Safar and Ramadan Althoweeb

May 18, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Libya

Venezuela:  Declaración Pública: Geraldine Chacón y Gregory Hinds deben ser liberados en cumplimiento de las resoluciones judiciales

May 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Guatemala:  Asesinato de José Can Xol, miembro de la Junta Directiva del CCDA y autoridad ancestral de la comunidad Choctun Basila?

May 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Cameroon:  Sentencing and arbitrary detention of Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba

May 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

India:  Arbitrary detention of Dalit rights defender Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan in Uttar Pradesh

May 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Lebanon:  Release of Mr. Ghassan Abdullah

May 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Lebanon

Nicaragua:  Difamación en contra de Vilma Núñez de Escorcia, fundadora y presidenta del CENIDH.

May 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Mexico:  Carta conjunta a las autoridades: Denunciamos tortura y amenaza de muerte contra menor de edad hijo de defensores de Derechos Humanos en Oaxaca

May 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Lebanon:  Arbitrary arrest and detention of Mr. Ghassan Abdullah

May 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Lebanon

Oman:  Death while in custody of Mr. Hassan Al-Basham

May 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Oman

Détention arbitraire et expulsion de Mme Caroline Nord et M. Juan Obregón

May 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Colombia:  No peace for human rights defenders, no peace without them

May 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Colombia:  No peace for human rights defenders

May 15, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Asesinato del Sr. Luís Arturo Marroquín, defensor del territorio e integrante de la Dirección Nacional del CODECA

May 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention on remand of Ms. Amal Fathy

May 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt