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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Zimbabwe:  Press Release: Human rights defenders at risk as elections approach

July 27, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Egypt:  The pre-trial detention of Dr. Shadi al-Ghazali Harb renewed again for 15 days

July 26, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Niger:  Four human rights defenders wrongly processed condemned and three still arbitrarily detained

July 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Mauritania:  Obstacles to the freedom of movement and association of five human rights defenders as they were to attend the 64th CAT session

July 25, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania

Tunisia:  Cambriolage du domicile de M. Badr Baabou, Président et cofondateur de DAMJ et harcèlement à l’encontre de plusieurs de ses membres.

July 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tunisia

Menaces et harcèlement à l’encontre des Messieurs Ettalbi Hafdalla et Babit El Kori

July 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Bangladesh:  Attack against Mr. Mahmudur Rahman, Acting editor of the Daily Amar Desh

July 24, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Niger:  Wrongly prosecuted human rights defenders must be immediately and unconditionally released

July 23, 2018  |  Statements  |  Niger

Philippines:  Imminent deportation of Sister Patricia Fox

July 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Mexico:  Asesinato del Sr. Abraham Hernández González, defensor de derechos humanos y coordinador de la comunidad Los Ciruelos, integrante del Comité por la Defensa de los Derechos Indígenas (CODEDI)

July 20, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Hungary:  Call to vote down the proposed Law on the taxation of civil society organisations working with migrants and receiving foreign funding, the Law on the protection of privacy (Draft Bill T/706) and the Law on freedom of assembly (Draft Bill T/707)

July 19, 2018  |  Statements  |  Hungary

Chile:   Actos de hostigamiento en contra de la abogada y defensora de derechos humanos Sra. Karina Riquelme

July 17, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Niger:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire de MM. Sadat Illiya Dan Malam, Yahaya Badamassi, Ibrahim Diori , Maikoul Zodi, Ali Idrissa Moussa Tchangari, Nouhou Mahamadou Arzika, Me. Lirwana Abdourahmane, M. Karim Tanko, et de M. Abdourahamane Idé Has

July 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Tajikistan:  Sentencing of journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov to 12 years in high-security penal colony

July 16, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tajikistan

Burundi:  Déjà un an détention pour Germain Rukuki, incarcéré pour ses activités de défense des droits humains

July 13, 2018  |  Statements  |  Burundi