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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Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Arbitrary detention of environmental rights defender Mr. Gei Om

September 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Thailand:  Death threats against Mr. Lertsak Kumkongsak

September 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Belarus:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Ms. Liudmila Kazak

September 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Egypt:  Extension of the preventive detention of Mr. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy

September 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Honduras:  El Estado incumple su obligación de investigar y encontrar a los cuatro defensores garífunas desaparecidos hace dos meses

September 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Death threats against Mr. Dismas Kitenge and his family

September 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Belarus:  Stop reprisals against human rights activists

September 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Nicaragua:  Nicaraguan authorities’ repression of activists, human rights defenders, and journalists intensifies

September 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Uganda:  Arbitrary detention and release of nine environmental human rights defenders

September 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Belarus:  Arbitrary arrest of Ms. Maria Rabkova, Viasna Coordinator of Volunteer Services

September 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Turkey:  Court of Cassation upholds conviction of 14 members of the Progressive Lawyers’ Association

September 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Guatemala:  Pronunciamiento conjunto: Los ataques contra periodistas no cesan

September 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Uganda:  Libération immédiate pour les 9 journalistes et défenseurs arrêtés

September 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Algeria:  Condamnation inique du journaliste Khaled Drareni à deux ans de prison ferme en appel

September 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Cambodia:  Arbitrary arrest of Mother Nature activists Thun Ratha, Long Kunthea and Phoun Keo Reaksme

September 8, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia