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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Kyrgyzstan:  Court review of the conviction of Mr. Azimjan Askarov

July 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Turkey:  Acquittal of Ms. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Mr. Erol Onderoglu and Mr. Ahmet Nesin

July 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Guatemala:  Assassination of Mr. Julio Ramírez

July 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Egypt:  Provisional release of Ms. Malak Al-Kashif

July 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Pakistan:  Ongoing harassment against Ms. Gulalai Ismail and her relatives

July 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Mexico:  Intimidation acts against Monsignor José Raúl Vera López

July 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Russian Federation:  On the tenth anniversary of Natalia Estemirova’s murder, human rights groups call for justice long overdue

July 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Colombia:  Continuos hechos de intimidación y amenazas recientes contra integrantes de la Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz

July 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Campaña de ataques contra organizaciones defensoras de la tierra y el territorio en Chilón (Chiapas)

July 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

India:  Ongoing harassment against the Lawyers Collective and its co-founders Mr. Anand Grover and Ms. Indira Jaising

July 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Western Sahara:  Sentencing of Ms. Nazha El Khalidi

July 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Western Sahara

Cambodia:  Closing civic space for human rights defenders

July 8, 2019  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Ms. Carola Rackete, captain of the Sea-Watch 3

July 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Italy

Western Sahara:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Nazha El Khalidi

July 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Western Sahara

Bangladesh:  Release on bail of Mr. Mohammad Abdul Kaium, a member of Odhikar Human Rights Defenders Network

July 3, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh