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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Belarus:  Judicial harassment of journalist and human rights defender Mr. Ales Burakou

August 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Cambodia:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Mr. Rong Chhun

August 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Burundi:  Annulation de la condamnation et poursuite du harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de M. Germain Rukuki

August 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Afghanistan:  Killing of Mr. Asmatullah Salaam, director of the civil society organisation Zhowand

August 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Afghanistan

Zimbabwe:  Arbitrary arrest of Tsitsi Dangarembga: a worrying turn in the systematic repression of civil society in Zimbabwe

August 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Morocco:  Le journaliste Rabie Al-Ablak libéré après plus de 1 000 jours en détention

July 31, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Costa Rica:  Agresiones y amenazas, incluidas amenazas de muerte, contra los defensores indígenas José Enrique Ortiz y Pablo Sibar

July 31, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Costa Rica

Belgium / Kazakhstan: Judicial harassment against Ms. Botagoz Jardemalie

July 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions

Pakistan:  Acquittal and continuing judicial harassment of Ms. Gulalai Ismail and her parents

July 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Morocco:  Release of Mr. Hamid El Mahdaoui and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Rabie Al-Ablak

July 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Greece:  Acts of intimidation against Panayote Dimitras as well as the reprisals against two Greek Roma families he represents in front of the UN Human Rights Committee

July 29, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Sri Lanka:  Joint Statement - Human Rights Under Attack

July 29, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sri Lanka

Turkey:  Report: Attack on Freedom of Assembly Undermines Work of Human Rights Defenders

July 29, 2020  |  Reports and Publications  |  Turkey

Niger:  Relaxe de Samira Sabou : un premier signal positif envoyé par le pouvoir judiciaire au Niger

July 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Kyrgyzstan:  Azimjan Askarov’s Death in Detention Evokes Calls for Accountability

July 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan