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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India:  Simultaneous NIA raids on human rights defenders' home, NGOs and newspaper's offices

October 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Thailand:  Suchanee Cloitre conviction over Twitter post overturned in Thammakaset saga

October 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Bangladesh:  Acts of harassment against Mr. Pinaki Bhattacharya's relatives

October 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

South Africa:  The killing of Somkhele environmental activist, Fikile Ntshangase

October 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  South Africa

Venezuela:  Detención arbitraria y criminalización del Sr. Franklin Gascón

October 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Belarus:  Judicial harassment and intimidation against lawyers Mr. Aliaksandr Pylchanka and Ms. Yulia Levanchuk

October 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Thailand:  End harassment of Suchanee Cloitre, human rights defenders

October 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Thailand:  Release all pro-democracy activists, end crackdown on peaceful dissent and independent media

October 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Pakistan:  Joint statement: Judicial harassment of human rights defender Muhammed Ismail

October 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

India:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Stan Swamy

October 22, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Burundi:  Joint statement: Sixty-five organizations call for immediate release of Iwacu journalists

October 22, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Mexico:  Ataques contra personas defensoras de la tierra y el territorio del Pueblo Maya Tseltal de Chilón y hostigamiento contra integrantes del Frayba

October 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Hundreds of EU & US lawmakers urge President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to release prisoners of conscience in Egypt

October 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Iran:  Unexplained transfer of Nasrin Sotoudeh to Qarchak prison

October 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Iran:  Nasrin Sotoudeh's health is deteriorating alarmingly, she must be released immediately

October 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran