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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India:  Repression of protests violating freedom of association and assembly

July 10, 2020  |  Statements  |  India

Cambodia:  Cambodian Civil Society Faces Intensified Restrictions and Rights Abuses

July 9, 2020  |  Reports and Publications  |  Cambodia

Cambodia:  4 Years On, No Effective Investigation into Kem Ley’s Unlawful Killing

July 9, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Conditional release of Mr. Salah Hamouri

July 8, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Afghanistan:  Increased targeting of members of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission

July 7, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Afghanistan

Kazakhstan:  Shrinking civic space and smear campaign against Mr. Yevgeniy Zhovtis and others from KIBHR

July 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Turkey:  Four human rights defenders convicted under terrorism charges

July 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Sri Lanka:  Public statement regarding allegations and threats against Yasmin Sooka by the Government of Sri Lanka

July 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sri Lanka

Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Salah Hamouri

July 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Mexico:  Carta abierta: Exigencia de protección e investigación ante ataques contra Consorcio Oaxaca y Soledad Jarquín

July 1, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Afghanistan:  Killing of Ms. Fatima Khalil and Mr. Jawid Folad

July 1, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Afghanistan

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention of women’s rights defender Ms. Sevil Rojbin

June 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Turkey:  Multiple arbitrary detentions in Diyarbakir

June 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Poland:  Threats and retaliation against Ms. Karolina Dreszer-Smalec, a member of the European Economic and Social Committee

June 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Poland

Iran:  Arbitrary detention of labour rights activist Ms. Sepideh Gholian

June 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran