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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Cameroon:  Enforced disappearance and rumoured torture and killing of Mr. Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe

June 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon
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Peru:  Impedir tratamiento médico al defensor Walter Aduviri pone en riesgo su vida ante posible contagio de Covid-19

June 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru
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Philippines:  New Anti-Terrorism Law Undermines Safeguards Against Arbitrary Detention and Torture

June 4, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Philippines
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Guatemala:  Nuevos ataques contra los periodistas Marvin Del Cid y Sonny Figueroa

June 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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France:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Cédric Herrou

June 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France
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Afghanistan:  Killing of Mr. Ibrahim Ebrat, representative of the Civil Society Joint Working Group (CSJWG)

June 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Afghanistan
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Congo, Democratic Republic:  Wait for Fair Trial Continues, Ten Years After Murder of Floribert Chebeya and Fidèle Bazana

June 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic
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India:  Arbitrary detention of several human rights defenders for protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act

May 29, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India
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Kazakhstan:  “Nothing new under the Kazakh sun”: president signs new law designed to stymie the freedom to protest

May 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan
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Release of Ms. Mahfouda Bamba Lefkir

May 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Turkey:   Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of 19 women’s rights defenders

May 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

India:  Joint Open Letter To The Indian Government Calling For The Release Of Human Rights Defenders At Risk

May 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Murder of Mr. Freddy Kambale, an activist of the LUCHA pro-democracy movement

May 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Guatemala:  Ataque contra Tania Palencia Prado evidencia falta de garantías para la defensa de derechos humanos

May 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Peru:  Asesinato del defensor indígena Gonzalo Pío Flores

May 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru