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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Thailand:  Dismissal of the cases against Mr. Nan Win and Ms. Sutharee Wannasiri

June 9, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Cameroon:  Confirmation of the death while in detention of Mr. Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe, aka Samuel Wazizi

June 8, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Turkey:  Judicial harassment of 19 prominent human rights lawyers from the Progressive Lawyers’ Association

June 8, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Philippines:  Incommunicado detention of Senator Leila de Lima

June 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Burundi:  Four Journalists Receive Heavy Sentence for Trying to Cover a Story

June 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Cameroon:  Enforced disappearance and rumoured torture and killing of Mr. Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe

June 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Peru:  Impedir tratamiento médico al defensor Walter Aduviri pone en riesgo su vida ante posible contagio de Covid-19

June 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Guatemala:  Nuevos ataques contra los periodistas Marvin Del Cid y Sonny Figueroa

June 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

France:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Cédric Herrou

June 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  France

Afghanistan:  Killing of Mr. Ibrahim Ebrat, representative of the Civil Society Joint Working Group (CSJWG)

June 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Afghanistan

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Wait for Fair Trial Continues, Ten Years After Murder of Floribert Chebeya and Fidèle Bazana

June 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

India:  Arbitrary detention of several human rights defenders for protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act

May 29, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Kazakhstan:  “Nothing new under the Kazakh sun”: president signs new law designed to stymie the freedom to protest

May 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Release of Ms. Mahfouda Bamba Lefkir

May 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Turkey:   Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of 19 women’s rights defenders

May 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey