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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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

Iran:  Sentencing of Mr. Reza Khandan

January 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Iran:  Sentencing and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Farhad Mayssami

January 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Agression de M. Mohamed Mayara

January 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Zimbabwe:  Acts of intimidation against Mr. Okay Machisa, National Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association

January 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe:  Arbitrary arrest and ongoing judicial harassment of Pastor Evan Mawarire

January 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Togo:  Condamnation de M. Folly Satchivi, responsable du mouvement « En aucun cas »

January 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

China:  Closed-door trial and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Huang Qi

January 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

India:  Judicial harassment against Messrs. Hiren Gohain, Akhil Gogoi and Manjit Mahanta

January 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India