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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Guatemala:  Asesinato del defensor indígena ch’orti’ Medardo Alonzo Lucero y amenazas de muerte contra su hermano

June 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Chile:  Criminalización de las cuatro integrantes del colectivo feminista “LASTESIS”

June 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Egypt:  Rights Defender’s Relatives Arrested

June 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

India:  Ms. Safoora Zargar granted bail on humanitarian grounds

June 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Egypt:  Abduction and subsequent arbitrary detention of Ms. Sanaa Seif

June 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Pakistan:  Smear campaign against HRCP member Dr. Arfana Mallah

June 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Egypt:  The campaign against Gamal Eid must stop!

June 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Ongoing judicial harassment against WHRD Mozn Hassan

June 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Cyprus:  Sentencing of KISA - an unjustified restriction to freedom of expression and a dangerous precedent

June 22, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cyprus

Turkey:  Break-in of the apartment of Eren Keskin, human rights lawyer and co-president of the Human Rights Association (?HD)

June 22, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

El Salvador:  Las medidas del gobierno salvadoreño ante la COVID-19 han propiciado un entorno violento y hostil que dificulta la labor de las defensoras de derechos humanos

June 22, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  El Salvador

Spain:  Ongoing criminalisation against Iñaki Rivera

June 22, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

China:  Conviction and ongoing arbitrary detention of human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng

June 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Hungary:  EU Top Court Rules that Hungary’s Anti-NGO Law Unduly Restricts Fundamental Rights

June 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hungary

Mexico:  Amenazas de muerte contra el Consorcio Oaxaca y contra Soledad Jarquín

June 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico