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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Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Salah Hamouri

July 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Mexico:  Carta abierta: Exigencia de protección e investigación ante ataques contra Consorcio Oaxaca y Soledad Jarquín

July 1, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Afghanistan:  Killing of Ms. Fatima Khalil and Mr. Jawid Folad

July 1, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Afghanistan

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention of women’s rights defender Ms. Sevil Rojbin

June 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Turkey:  Multiple arbitrary detentions in Diyarbakir

June 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Poland:  Threats and retaliation against Ms. Karolina Dreszer-Smalec, a member of the European Economic and Social Committee

June 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Poland

Iran:  Arbitrary detention of labour rights activist Ms. Sepideh Gholian

June 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Guatemala:  Asesinato del defensor indígena ch’orti’ Medardo Alonzo Lucero y amenazas de muerte contra su hermano

June 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Chile:  Criminalización de las cuatro integrantes del colectivo feminista “LASTESIS”

June 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Egypt:  Rights Defender’s Relatives Arrested

June 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

India:  Ms. Safoora Zargar granted bail on humanitarian grounds

June 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Egypt:  Abduction and subsequent arbitrary detention of Ms. Sanaa Seif

June 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Pakistan:  Smear campaign against HRCP member Dr. Arfana Mallah

June 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Egypt:  The campaign against Gamal Eid must stop!

June 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Ongoing judicial harassment against WHRD Mozn Hassan

June 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt