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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Iran:  Three new cases of judicial harassment and arbitrary detention targeting human rights lawyers

February 19, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Mexico:  Desaparición forzada de la Sra. Obtilia Eugenio Manuel y del Sr. Hilario Cornelio Castro

February 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Pakistan:  Killing of Mr. Ibrahim Arman Loni & arbitrary detention of Ms. Gulalai Ismail and several PTM members

February 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Thailand:  New lawsuits brought by Thammakaset Company Limited against human rights defenders

February 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Mexico:  Detención arbitraria, malos tratos y criminalización en contra del integrante del CODEDI Froylán González

February 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Guatemala:  No a la aprobación de la iniciativa 5257 por amenazar la libertad de asociación

February 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Iran:  New developments concerning the judicial harassment of human rights lawyers

February 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Sudan:  Serious concerns after the arrest of 30 human rights defenders in violent crackdown against peaceful protests

February 12, 2019  |  Statements  |  Sudan

Mexico:  Joint statement: Release of Damián Gallardo and Enrique Guerrero must mark the beginning of a national policy that puts an end to the criminalisation of human rights defenders

February 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Ethiopia:  A new era for human rights organisations?

February 8, 2019  |  Statements  |  Ethiopia

India:  Acts of harassment and intimidation against Ms. Shila Bewa

February 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

India:  Acts of harassment and intimidation against several members of MASUM

February 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Spain:  The Spanish State must urgently uphold Helena Maleno's and Caminando Fronteras' right to defend human rights

February 8, 2019  |  Statements  |  Spain

Mexico:  Carta abierta de parlamentarios europeos muestra preocupación por la criminalización de integrantes del CECOP

February 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Mexico:  Criminalización, detención arbitraria y violación al debido proceso contra 6 personas defensoras en Tlanixco

February 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico