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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Mexico:  Criminalización y detención arbitraria en Chiapas del defensor comunitario, Cristóbal Sántiz Jiménez

March 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Iran:  Continuing judicial harassment of Ms. Narges Mohammadi

March 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Egypt:  Arbitrary arrest of four WHRDs for demanding the release of prisoners amid COVID-19 crisis

March 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Dignity in the time of COVID-19

March 19, 2020  |   Assistance to victims, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Press Releases, Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Statements

Saudi Arabia:  Continuing arbitrary detention of Mses. Loujain al-Hathloul, Mayaa al-Zahrani,Samar Badawi, Nassima al-Sadah and Nouf Abdelazi

March 19, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Guinea:  Judicial harassment against Messrs. Ibrahima Diallo and Sékou Koundouno

March 19, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

China:  Release Taiwanese Activist Li Ming-Che

March 19, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Malawi:  Smear campaign and judicial harassment of three members of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition

March 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malawi

Russian Federation:  Detention by the Moscow police of approximately 50 peaceful protesters

March 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Turkey:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Dr. Serdar Küni, a physician and Cizre Representative of the T?HV

March 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Singapore:  Sentencing of Mr. Jolovan Wham

March 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Morocco:  Sentencing of journalist Omar Radi

March 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Niger:  Arrestation arbitraire de huit membres de la société civile

March 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Judicial harassment against Karen environmental activist Mr. Tha Phoe

March 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Turkey:  No Justification for disproportionate use of force against peaceful women’s rights march

March 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey