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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Sudan:  Open letter on the crackdown on peaceful protests by Sudanese government forces

February 16, 2018  |  Statements  |  Sudan

Mexico:  Criminalización de cuatro personas defensoras del derecho a la salud en Chiapas y detención arbitraria de una de ellas.

February 15, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Libération de MM. Mbuya, Tshibitshabu, Mbuya Kwecha et Mulenda et poursuite du harclèment judiciaire à leur encontre

February 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Burundi:  Nouvelles accusations à l’encontre de Germain Rukuki, irrégularités de procédure et poursuite de sa détention arbitraire.

February 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Bahrain:  On 7th anniversary of beginning of popular movement, NGOs call for end to systematic targeting of human rights defenders and journalists

February 14, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Uganda:  Break-in of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF)’s premises

February 12, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Congo:  Préoccupations quant à la détention arbitraire prolongée de M. Noël MIENANZAMBI-BOYI

February 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo

Cambodia:  Sentencing of land rights defender Ms. Tep Vanny

February 9, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Harcèlement et campagne de diffamation à l’encontre de huit membres du Comité Laïc de Coordination (CLC)

February 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Saudi Arabia:  Arrest and ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Noha Al-Balawi

February 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Sudan:  Incommunicado detention of 8 human rights defenders, lawyer and journalists, and arbitrary detention of a journalist and human rights defender for participating in peaceful protests.

February 8, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Honduras:  Actualización procesal con relación a los actos de tortura y malos tratos ocurridos el 8 de septiembre de 2017 en contra de 12 personas defensoras de derechos humanos

February 7, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Bangladesh:  Odikhar Human Rights Monitoring Report

February 2, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of six members of IHD and ongoing detention of four of them

February 1, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Colombia:  Comunicado internacional de denuncia del asesinato de líder social de Buenaventura, Temístocles Machado

February 1, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia