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:  Continuing arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

September 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Spain:  Acts of stigmatization, harassment and criminalisation against Mr. Iñaki Rivera,Director of OSPDH and SIRECOVI

September 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

Iran:  Sentencing of seven human rights defenders to long-term prison terms

September 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Peru:  Desaparición y agresión física en contra del defensor indígena ashaninka Polico Díaz Sambache

September 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Venezuela:  Intimidación y amenazas contra Manuel Mir, líder comunitario de la Parroquia 23 de Enero

September 9, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

China:  16 NGOs Call on UN Member States to Hold China Accountable at Human Rights Council for Persecuting Rights Defenders

September 9, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Russian Federation:  Sentencing and arbitrary detention of Mr. Konstantin Kotov

September 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Iran:  Sentencing of Mses. Saba Kord-Afshari, Yassman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi and Mojgan Keshavarz, four women’s rights defenders

September 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Brazil:  Wave of attacks against human rights institutions

August 30, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Hong Kong:  Immediately release four pro-democracy activists

August 30, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hong Kong

Honduras:  Asesinato del Sr. Roberto Antonio Argueta Tejada, criminalizado en el caso Guapinol

August 29, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Honduras:  Nueva criminalización contra los defensores de Guapinol

August 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

China:  Conviction and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Huang Qi

August 21, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Cyprus:  Police abuse and arbitrary detention against Mr. Doros Polykarpou

August 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cyprus

Iran:  New report documents the systematic criminalisation of human rights defenders

August 20, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Iran