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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Colombia:  International statement condemning attacks and threats against Afro-Colombian and indigenous leaders

May 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Thailand:  Judicial harassment of 15 pro-democracy activists

May 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Tanzania:  Open letter to States on preventative engagement with, and action on, Tanzania at the Human Rights Council’s 41st session

May 13, 2019  |  Statements  |  Tanzania

Mexico:  No developments in investigation one year after the disappearance of Ernesto Sernas

May 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Italy:  Judicial harassment against the Iuventa10 as a reprisal for their search and rescue actions in the Mediterranean sea

May 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Italy

Egypt:  Reprisal against human rights defender Mohamed Soltan for human rights advocacy

May 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Philippines:  Killing of Mr. Bernardino Patigas and death threats against Karapatan members Ms. Cristina Palabay and Ms. Clarizza Singson

May 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Haiti:  Planification d'assassinat à l’encontre de M. Pierre Espérance, directeur exécutif du RNDDH

May 9, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Haiti

Colombia:  Assassination attempt against 25 human rights defenders who participated in a meeting organised by Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN) and Asociación de Consejo Comunitarios del Norte del Cauca (ACONC)

May 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Philippines:  Joint Statement: Stop the Attacks against Human Rights Defenders, and Protect Civic Space in the Philippines

May 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Mexico:  Actos de seguimiento y vigilancia contra la Coordinación Diocesana de Mujeres (CODIMUJ), de la Parroquia San Pedro y San Pablo, en Chicomuselo, Chiapas, México

May 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Mexico:  Carta abierta a Michelle Bachelet en seguimiento a su visita a México

May 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Peru:  Pronunciamiento: Aprobación del protocolo de protección a personas defensoras debe ser primer paso hacia una verdadera política de Estado

May 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Assisting survivors of torture

May 6, 2019  |   Assistance to victims, Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications

Honduras:  Pronunciamiento conjunto: Departamento policial de Choluteca reprime de forma sistemática y violenta a la población

May 3, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras