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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Bahrain:   Concerns about the decision by Formula 1 to resume racing following the postponement of the Grand Prix in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic

November 25, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Bahrain

Singapore:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Jolovan Wham

November 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Hong Kong:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Messrs. Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam, and Ms. Agnes Chow Ting

November 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hong Kong

Egypt:  Inhumane and degrading detention conditions of Mr. Gasser Abdel Razeq, Executive Director of EIPR

November 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Saudi Arabia:  Joint letter: Women’s rights defenders must be immediately and unconditionally released!

November 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Morocco:  Joint statement calling for the end of the intimidation and harassment campaign against human rights defender Maati Monjib

November 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Harassment against journalists Ahmed Ettanji and Nazha El Khalidi

November 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Oral Statement during the 67th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights

November 23, 2020  |   Assistance to victims, Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Violence against women  |  Statements

Egypt:  Solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights Urged by Human Rights Community in Open Letter to Ambassadors and Diplomats

November 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Mexico:  Ataque armado contra miembros del Fideicomiso por la Salud de Niños Indígenas de México (FISANIM) y Cáritas San Cristóbal de Las Casas

November 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Peru:  Criminalización del Sr. Félix Suasaca Suasaca y detención arbitraria y posterior puesta en libertad del Sr. Claudio García Choqueluque

November 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention of Messrs. Karim Ennarah and Gasser Abdel Razeq, Director and Executive Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

November 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Nicaragua:  Killing of Mr. Nacilio Macario, indigenous rights defender

November 19, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Mohamed Basheer, Administrative Manager of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

November 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Zimbabwe:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Hopewell Chin’ono (alias Daddy Hope)

November 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe