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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Belarus:  Press Release: Trade Union leaders found guilty of tax evasion after a sham trial

August 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Honduras:  Comunicado conjunto: Organizaciones denuncian irregularidades en el proceso por el asesinato de Berta Cáceres

August 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Iran:  Arbitrary arrest and detention of human rights lawyers Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi and Arash Kaykhosravi

August 23, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Saudi Arabia:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Ms. Israa Al-Ghomgham

August 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Cambodia:  Continued judicial harassment of Mr. Yi Soksan, Mr. Nay Vanda and Mr. Ny Chakrya

August 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Cambodia:  Release of land rights defender Ms. Tep Vanny following 735 days of detenton

August 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Venezuela:  Liberación y continuación de la criminalización en contra de Geraldine Chacón y Gregory Hinds

August 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Lebanon:  Threat of judicial harassment faced by Mr. Wadih al-Asmar, President of EuroMed Rights and of the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH)

August 21, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Lebanon

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire et du harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre des cinq membres du Mouvement Filimbi

August 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Burundi:  Condamnation de M. Nestor Nibitanga à 5 ans de prison ferme

August 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Cambodia:  Release Tep Vanny, arbitrarily detained for two years

August 15, 2018  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Israel:  Lawyers and Advocates Demand Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Stop Denying Entry to Human Rights Advocates

August 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

Cambodia:  Civil Society Groups Call for the Release of Tep Vanny

August 14, 2018  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Saudi Arabia:  Arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of prominent women human rights defenders Samar Badawi and Nassima Al-Sadah

August 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Bangladesh:  Arbitrary detention and torture of photographer Mr. Shahidul Alam

August 6, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh