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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Turkey:  Holding a meeting on human rights is not a terrorist conspiracy

July 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Cambodia:  Joint Open Letter: Request to Create a Commission of Inquiry into the killing of Kem Ley

July 10, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Bahrain:  WHRDIC Statement: Free woman human rights defender Ebtisam Al-Saegh

July 7, 2017  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Guatemala:  Campaña de estigmatización, difamación y amenazas de muerte en contra del personal de CALAS

July 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Sudan:  Authorities should release human rights defenders arbitrarily detained facing death penalty and drop charges against them

July 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Egypt:  Enforced disappearance while in detention of Mr. Tarek Hussein (known as Tito)

July 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention of eight human rights defenders and two security consultants

July 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Bahrain:  Joint open letter to Ambassadors on the situation of Nabeel Rajab

July 7, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Colombia:  Nuevas amenazas de muerte de grupo paramilitar contra integrantes de movimientos sociales en Bogotá

July 6, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Carta abierta: Asesinato de Eugenio López y López en el contexto del conflicto en la Finca San Gregorio Piedra Parada

July 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Kazakhstan:  Sentencing of the human rights NGO"International Legal Initiative" (ILI)

July 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Uganda:  Murder of Mr. Erasmus Irumba, Coordinator of the Twerwaneho Listeners Club (TLC)

July 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Bahrain:  Arbitrary arrest and detention of Mrs. Ebtisam Al-Saegh

July 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Thailand:  Ongoing judicial harassment against members of the Khon Rak Ban Kerd Group (KRBKG)

July 5, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Honduras:  Intento de asesinato de miembros del COPINH Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres, Sotero Chavarría y Asunción Martínez

July 4, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras