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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Burundi:  Détention arbitraire et condamnation de MM. Aimé Constant Gatore, Marius Nizigama et Emmanuel Nshimirimana

March 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Sudan:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Osman Salih, Mr. Salih Mahmoud Osman, and Mr. Amjed Fareed, and release of Mohammed Abdulmonim.

March 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

India:  Intimidation and harassment against Ms. Ranjeeta Sadokpam and her family

March 13, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Saudi Arabia:  Urgent call for release of Saudi human rights defenders

March 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Peru:  Amenazas en contra de los defensores ambientales de la Reserva ecológica de Chaparrí

March 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Cambodia:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Heng Sok

March 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Russian Federation:  Ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Oyub Titiev

March 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Equatorial Guinea:  Artist Freed from Prison

March 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea:  Release of Mr. Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé

March 7, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

Honduras:  Imposición de medidas sustitutivas de la prisión preventiva a favor de los tres policías imputados por el caso del microbús

March 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Ecuador:  Continuación de la criminalización del Sr. José (Pepe) Acacho González

March 5, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Menaces contre les témoins de l'assassinat de M. Rossy Mukendi Tshimanga

March 2, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Honduras:  Justice for Berta Cáceres, protection for the defense of human rights in Latin America

March 2, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Korea, (South) Republic of:  Arrest, arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Lee Young-joo

March 2, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of

Honduras:  Tortura y asesinato de Luis Fernando Ayala, adolescente de 16 años de edad, defensor de los derechos ambientales

March 2, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras