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:  Break-in of the offices of TRIUMPH Uganda

December 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Iraq:  On International Human Rights Day, a dangerous escalation against human rights defenders and activists in Iraq

December 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iraq

Algeria:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire de M. Kaddour Chouicha, syndicaliste et président de la section d’Oran de la LADDH

December 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Colombia:  [New report] Chronicle of a prosecution foretold – human rights defenders or defendants?

December 12, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Colombia

Egypt:  Continuing arbitrary detention of Mr. Haytham Mohamadein

December 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Chad:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre du Secrétaire général de la CTDDH, M. Mahamat Nour Ibedou

December 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Mexico:  Amenazas de muerte contra integrantes del Colectivo de Familiares de Presos en Lucha y el equipo del Frayba

December 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Turkey:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Taner K?l?ç and the “Istanbul 10”

December 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Azerbaijan:  Civic Solidarity Platform statement on the attempt on the life of prominent Azerbaijani human rights activist Ogtay Gulaliyev

December 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Syrian Arab Republic:  Joint statement on the enforced disappearances of Razan ZAITOUNEH, Wael HAMADA, Samira ALKHALIL and Nazim HAMMADI

December 9, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Turkey:  Continuing judicial harassment and obstacle to freedom of movement of Mr. Tuna Alt?nel

December 9, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Condamnation de Mme Mahfouda Bamba Lefkir et dégradation de son état de santé en détention

December 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Honduras:  State of Honduras Remains Endebted for Murder of Berta Cáceres

December 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Guinea:  Libération conditionnelle de cinq membres du Front national pour la défense de la Constitution

December 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Ramy Kamel

November 29, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt