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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Algeria:  Provisional release and onging judicial harassment of Mr. Kaddour Chouicha

January 9, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Chile:  Amenazas, intimidación y hostigamiento contra el defensor de los Derechos Humanos y juez Daniel Urrutia Laubreaux

December 31, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Colombia:  Assassination attempt against Milena Quiroz

December 31, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Morocco:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Omar Radi

December 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Thailand:  Judicial harassment against former Voice TV reporter Ms. Suchanee Cloitre

December 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Tanzania:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Tito Magoti, Mass Education Officer at the Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC)

December 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

Uganda:  Two defenders who testified in the trial against Total are at risk in Uganda

December 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Egypt:  Abitrary detention of Mr. Ahmed Abdel Fattah, board member of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF)

December 23, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Cambodia:  Civil society organizations call for all baseless charges against journalists to be dropped

December 22, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Maldives:  Government’s announcement of MDN’s official dissolution

December 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives

China:  Arbitrary arrest of Mr. Chen Weixiang

December 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Turkey:  Women’s Rights Defenders in the Crosshairs

December 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Iran:  Conviction of 12 labour rights defenders and arbitrary detention of two of them

December 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Iran:  Conviction on appeal of three labour rights defenders and four journalists

December 19, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Malaysia:  Police harassment against SUARAM Executive Director, Mr. Sevan Doraisamy

December 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia