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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Hong Kong:  Sentencing and ongoing arbitrary detention of Messrs. Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam, and Ms. Agnes Chow Ting

December 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hong Kong

India:  Inhuman and degrading detention conditions of Mr. Stan Swamy

December 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Call for action: Protecting public watchdogs across the EU: a proposal for an EU Anti-Slapp Law

December 1, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions

Reprisals against PPLAAF and Global Witness intensify with new SLAPP procedures

November 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic, France

Saudi Arabia:  Continuing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mses. Loujain al-Hathloul, Mayaa al-Zahrani, Samar Badawi, Nassima al-Sadah and Nouf Abdelaziz

November 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Honduras:  Killing of Laura Carolina Valentín Dolmo, member of the Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (OFRANEH)

November 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Guinea:  Communiqué de presse : Déjà deux mois de détention arbitraire pour Oumar Sylla : nous demandons sa libération immédiate !

November 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Egypt:  Messrs. Alaa Abdel Fattah and Mohamed El-Baqer arbitrarily added to a "terrorist list"

November 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Turkey:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Dr. Seyhmus Gökalp

November 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

India:  Joint Letter to the NHRC of India: Request to raise serious concerns over the crackdown on human rights defenders in India

November 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Guatemala:  Detención arbitraria y posterior puesta en libertad de la Sra. Roxana Coronado y tres miembros de su familia

November 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

United States:  Joint press release: US government mounts attacks on Palestinian rights movement, dangerously conflating antisemitism and boycott

November 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United States

Oral Statement during the 67th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights

November 26, 2020  |  Statements

Turkey:  Report: Freedom of assembly under attack as women demonstrate for their rights

November 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Bahrain:   Concerns about the decision by Formula 1 to resume racing

November 25, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Bahrain