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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Condamnation du journaliste Walid Salek El Batal à six ans de prison

October 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Mexico:  Disappearance of human rights defender Arnulfo Cerón Soriano in the State of Guerrero

October 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Togo:  Release of Mr. Folly Satchivi

October 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Egypt:  Enforced disappearance of Mr. Amr Imam and physical assault of Mr. Gamal Eid

October 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Judicial harassment and acts of intimidation against Dr. Aida Seif al Dawla, Director and one of the co-founders of El Nadeem Center against Violence and Torture

October 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Bulgaria:  Lettre ouverte à la France suite aux attaques subies par le Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC)

October 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bulgaria

United Arab Emirates:  Open letter to the Emirati authorities to free human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor on his 50th Birthday

October 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Egypt:  Abduction, acts of torture and arbitrary detention of Ms. Esraa Abdel Fattah

October 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Mozambique:  Killing of activist Dr. Anastácio Matavel and restrictions on civic space mar upcoming elections

October 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mozambique

Togo:  Condamnation en appel et poursuite de la détention arbitraire de M. Folly Satchivi

October 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Algeria:  Arbitrary arrest of Mr. Abdelouahab Fersaoui

October 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Maldives:  Lift restrictions against Maldivian Democracy Network; protect its associates from attacks

October 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives

Saudi Arabia:  On the 10th anniversary of the establishment of ACPRA, NGOs jointly call on Saudi authorities to release all detained members

October 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Egypt:  Ongoing detention, threats and acts of ill-treatment while in detention against Mr. Alaa Abdel Fattah and Mr. Mohamed El-Baqer

October 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Algeria:  Press Release: Generalised repression against the protest movement in Algeria: human rights defenders targeted by the regime

October 9, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria