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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Uganda:  Authorities attempt to silence human rights organisations ahead of constitutional amendment

September 25, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Egypt:  Torture and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy

September 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Morocco:  Arbitrary detention of Messrs. Hamid El Mahdaoui and Rabie Al-Albak

September 22, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Argentina:  Actos difamatorios y amenazas contra José Ernesto Schulman, Secretario Nacional de la LADH

September 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Argentina

Uganda:  Shooting of Mr. James Rukanpana and judicial harassment of four other TLC members

September 21, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire de MM. Mbuya, Tshibitshabu, Omari Omba, Mbuya Kwecha et Mulenda

September 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Call For Nominations - 2018 - Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

September 19, 2017  |  Events

China:  Ongoing arbitrary and incommunicado detention of Mr. Wang Quanzhang

September 19, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Cambodia:  Pre-trial detention of Messrs. Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy, two members of ‘Mother Nature Cambodia’

September 15, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

France:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Cédric Herrou

September 14, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Egypt:  Abduction and arbitrary and incommunicado detention of Mr. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy

September 13, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Honduras:  12 personas defensoras detenidas arbitrariamente y sometidas a tortura/malos tratos y 45 criminalizada en la UNAH

September 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

India:  Murder of prominent journalist Ms. Gauri Lankesh

September 12, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

France:  La France continue de harceler les défenseurs des droits des personnes migrantes

September 11, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Philippines:  Extrajudicial killings and attacks against human rights defenders surge under Duterte

September 8, 2017  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines