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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Peru:  Human rights defenders stigmatised, criminalised and repressed - Preliminary findings of international fact-finding mission

June 26, 2018  |  Statements  |  Peru

Burundi:  Sortie de l’hôpital et transfert en prison du défenseur des droits humains Germain Rukuki

June 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Amal Fathy despite an order to release her on bail

June 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Iran:  Incommunicado detention of human rights lawyer Zeinab Taheri

June 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Saudi Arabia:  Incommunicado detention of Ms. Nouf Abdulaziz and Ms. Mayya Al-Zahrani and ongoing arbitrary detention of other 7 women's rights defenders

June 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Egypt:  Release on bail of Ms. Mozn Hassan, woman human rights defender, founder and Executive Director of Nazra for Feminist studies

June 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

United Arab Emirates:  Mission report illustrates difficulty of verifying conditions of detention and trial of Ahmed Mansoor, serving 10-year sentence for human rights reporting

June 20, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  United Arab Emirates

Turkey:  Sentencing of Ms. Eren Keskin, prominent human rights lawyer from Turkey and co-president of the Human Rights Association in Turkey

June 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Egypt:  Summoning of Ms. Mozn Hassan, women human rights defender and founder and Executive Director of Nazra for Feminist studies

June 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Yemen:  Human Rights Groups Condemn Arbitrary Detention of Yemeni Human Rights Defenders and Urge Authorities to Permit Advocates to Freely Travel and Conduct Human Rights Work

June 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Yemen

Cameroon:  Release on bail and ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba

June 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Dégradation de l’état de santé en prison de cinq membres du mouvement Filimbi

June 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

India:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harrassment of ?Mr. Surendra Gadling, Mr. Rona Wilson, Mr. Sudhir Dhawale, Ms. Shoma Sen and Mr. Mahesh Raut

June 19, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Iran:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh

June 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Korea, (South) Republic of:  Release of trade union leader Lee Young-joo

June 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of