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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Chad:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre du Secrétaire général de la CTDDH, M. Mahamat Nour Ibedou

December 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Mexico:  Amenazas de muerte contra integrantes del Colectivo de Familiares de Presos en Lucha y el equipo del Frayba

December 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Turkey:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Taner K?l?ç and the “Istanbul 10”

December 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Azerbaijan:  Civic Solidarity Platform statement on the attempt on the life of prominent Azerbaijani human rights activist Ogtay Gulaliyev

December 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Syrian Arab Republic:  Joint statement on the enforced disappearances of Razan ZAITOUNEH, Wael HAMADA, Samira ALKHALIL and Nazim HAMMADI

December 9, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Syrian Arab Republic

Turkey:  Continuing judicial harassment and obstacle to freedom of movement of Mr. Tuna Alt?nel

December 9, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Condamnation de Mme Mahfouda Bamba Lefkir et dégradation de son état de santé en détention

December 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Honduras:  State of Honduras Remains Endebted for Murder of Berta Cáceres

December 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Guinea:  Libération conditionnelle de cinq membres du Front national pour la défense de la Constitution

December 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Ramy Kamel

November 29, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Threats and harassment against family members of Mr. Ahmed Saïd

November 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Reappearance and arbitrary detention of ECRF researcher Mr. Ibrahim Ezz El-Din

November 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Thailand:  Judicial harassment former commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand Ms. Angkhana Neelapaijit

November 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Colombia:  Asesinato del manifestante Dylan Mauricio Cruz y continuación de la represión del Paro Nacional

November 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Asesinato de Arnulfo Cerón Soriano, quien se encontraba desaparecido desde el 11 de octubre

November 22, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico