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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Niger:  Arrestation arbitraire de huit membres de la société civile

March 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Judicial harassment against Karen environmental activist Mr. Tha Phoe

March 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Turkey:  No Justification for disproportionate use of force against peaceful women’s rights march

March 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Algeria:  Série de condamnations iniques contre les manifestants du Hirak

March 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention of 13 prominent human rights lawyers from Diyarbak?r, Urfa and ??rnak

March 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Egypt:  Harsh repression continues as human rights lawyer is sentenced for giving a BBC interview over human rights record

March 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Venezuela:  “Internal enemies” – the open season on human rights defenders

March 10, 2020  |  Reports and Publications  |  Venezuela

Venezuela:  “Internal enemies” - the open season on human rights defenders

March 10, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Honduras:  A 4 años del asesinato de Berta Cáceres, las políticas extractivistas de Honduras mantienen en grave riesgo a las poblaciones indígenas

March 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

India:  Deteriorating health condition while in detention of Mr. Akhil Gogoi

March 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Philippines:  Judicial harassment against ten members of Karapatan, RMP and Gabriela

March 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Morocco:  Développements dans le procès à l’encontre de M. Omar Radi

March 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Colombia:  Amenazas de muerte paramilitares en Antioquia e intento de asesinato contra Sara Fernández, Secretaria de Asoprudea

March 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

HRC43: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

March 4, 2020  |  Statements  |  Afghanistan, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic, India, Iraq, Libya, Occupied Palestinian Territory , Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela

HRC43: Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights

March 1, 2020  |  Statements  |  Philippines, Turkey