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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China:  Upcoming trial and ongoing arbitrary detention of freelance journalist Zhang Zhan

December 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Egypt:  After one-year of unwarranted arrest and solitary confinement, Ramy Kamel must be freed

December 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Venezuela:  Criminalización de la membresía de Convite A.C y allanamiento de su sede

December 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Colombia:  Arbitrary detention of Téofilo Acuña, Adelso Gallo and Rober Daza

December 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Turkey:  New Kavala hearing: a symptom of Turkey’s gangrenated justice system

December 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Administrative detention of Palestinian Human Rights Defender Khitam Al-Saafin

December 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Lao People's Democ. Rep.:  After eight years, civil society worldwide demands the government establish and reveal Sombath’s fate and whereabouts

December 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Lao People's Democ. Rep.

Mexico:  Pronunciamiento conjunto: Nueve meses de detención arbitraria de Cristóbal Sántiz Jiménez

December 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Mexico:  Cristóbal Sántiz Jiménez, detained for defending the displaced communities of Aldama

December 14, 2020  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Colombia:  Pronunciamiento conjunto: Continúan los asesinatos de defensores ambientales en ausencia de políticas para su protección. Urge la ratificación del Acuerdo de Escazú en el país

December 10, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

United Arab Emirates:  Joint statement: Call for the release of human rights defender and lawyer Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken

December 10, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Burundi:  Open letter: Deep concern on the situation of human rights defenders in detention in Burundi

December 9, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Iran:  Joint statement: Nasrin Sotoudeh back in prison despite poor health condition

December 9, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Iraq:  Joint statement: End impunity for murders. Release all kidnapped and detained peaceful activists

December 9, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iraq

Egypt:  Conditional release and continuing judicial harassment of human rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan

December 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt