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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Azerbaijan:  Sentencing and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Elchin Mammad

October 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Honduras:  Aumenta la represión contra los defensores de Guapinol a una semana del anuncio del Premio Sájarov

October 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Viet Nam:  Arbitrary detention of Ms. Pham Thi Doan Trang

October 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Mexico:  Civil lawsuit: French energy company EDF must comply with human rights obligations

October 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Iran:  Prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi released from prison

October 9, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Honduras:  Misión calificada advierte contra exclusión de COPINH como víctimas en caso de corrupción denunciado por Berta Cáceres antes de su asesinato

October 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Honduras:  Carta abierta: El Foro Internacional por los Derechos Humanos en Honduras expresa su preocupación por recientes ataques contra la Comunidad Lenca de Río Blanco

October 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Costa Rica:  International organisations call for an end to violence and impunity against indigenous human rights defenders

October 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Costa Rica

Philippines:  HRC45: Joint Statement under Item 10 General Debate

October 5, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Niger:  Provisional release of three members of the NGO "Tournons La Page Niger"

October 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Guinea:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Oumar Sylla

October 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Honduras:  Pronunciamiento: Instamos al gobierno de Honduras a investigar asesinatos de defensores de derechos humanos cometidos en menos de veinticuatro horas

October 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Russian Federation:  Sentencing and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Yuri Dmitriev

October 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Bolivia:  Arbitrary detention and subsequent release of Ms. María Cristina Quispe and Mr. David Inca Apaza

October 1, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bolivia

Azerbaijan:  Human rights defender Elchin Mammad must be freed!

September 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan