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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Venezuela:  Detención arbitraria y allanamiento de la vivienda del Sr. Geovany Zambrano Rodríguez

March 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Venezuela:  Liberación condicional y continuación de la criminalización del Sr. Luis Carlos Díaz

March 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Russian Federation:  Continuing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Oyub Titiev

March 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Honduras:  Cese de la criminalización contra 13 personas defensoras del derecho al agua en Guapinol

March 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Venezuela:  Organizaciones exigen la liberación de periodista y defensor de derechos humanos detenido

March 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Guatemala:  Allanamiento de la oficina y actos de intimidación contra la Alianza Política del Sector de Mujeres

March 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Iran:  Sentencing of Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh to 33 years in jail

March 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Greece:  Ongoing arbitrary restriction to freedom of movement of minority rights defender Slavko Mangovski

March 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Guatemala:  JOINT PRESS RELEASE (OMCT / UDEFEGUA) - Impunity and the civil society held hostage by the situation affect human rights in the country

March 4, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Guatemala

Philippines:  Casualties on the rise in President Duterte’s war on human rights defenders, new report says

February 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Philippines:  I’ll kill you along with drug addicts - President Duterte’s war on human rights defenders in the Philippines

February 28, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Philippines

Honduras:  Criminalización contra 31 pobladores quienes se han movilizado por la defensa del derecho al agua

February 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Mexico:  Asesinato del Sr. Samir Flores defensor de derechos humanos indígena náhuatl

February 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Singapore:  Sentencing of Mr. Jolovan Wham

February 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Belarus:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Vladimir Velichkin and arbitrary arrest of Mr. Vitaly Kazak and Mr. Alexander Kabanov

February 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus