Publication of the 2006 Annual Report of the Observatory

Steadfast in Protest

Launching of the English version of the 2006 Annual Report of the Observatory

Geneva-Paris, March 22, 2007. The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) publish today the English version of the annual report of their joint programme, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

The 2006 Annual Report of the Observatory documents acts of repression faced by 1,311 human rights defenders, as well as obstacles to freedom of association, in about 90 countries around the world.

This new edition, of which Mr. Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations Organisation, is the author of the foreword, and which coincides with the tenth anniversary of the Observatory, pays tribute to these women and men who, every day, and often risking their own lives, fight for law to triumph over arbitrariness.

At the occasion of the launching of this report, several press conferences and meetings are being organised throughout March, in particular in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Georgia, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Egypt, Colombia, Philippines, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia, Malaysia, Burundi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Italia, etc. thanks to the support of the member organisations and partners of OMCT and FIDH.

This report, which was launched on March 14, 2007 in its French version, will also be published in Spanish in its entirety, in Russian for the section on Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and in Arabic for the North Africa and Middle East section.
to download the report and the press kit:

For further information, please contact:
OMCT : Delphine Reculeau : + 41 22 809 49 39
FIDH : Gaël Grilhot : + 33 1 43 55 25 18
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