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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Belarus:  Arbitrary arrest of Ms. Maria Rabkova, Viasna Coordinator of Volunteer Services

September 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Turkey:  Court of Cassation upholds conviction of 14 members of the Progressive Lawyers’ Association

September 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Guatemala:  Pronunciamiento conjunto: Los ataques contra periodistas no cesan

September 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Uganda:  Libération immédiate pour les 9 journalistes et défenseurs arrêtés

September 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Algeria:  Condamnation inique du journaliste Khaled Drareni à deux ans de prison ferme en appel

September 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Cambodia:  Arbitrary arrest of Mother Nature activists Thun Ratha, Long Kunthea and Phoun Keo Reaksme

September 8, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia

Israel:  Renewed harassment against Franco-Palestinian human rights lawyer Salah Hamouri

September 7, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel

Turkey:  Provisional release on health grounds of human rights lawyer Aytaç Ünsal

September 7, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Arrestation du fugitif Christian Ngoy Kenga Kenga : un espoir pour la justice et la vérité dans l’affaire Chebeya / Bazana

September 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Zimbabwe:  Release on bail of Messrs. Hopewell Chin’ono (alias Daddy Hope) and Jacob Ngarivhume

September 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Algeria:  Zoom sur le Hirak

September 4, 2020  |  Reports and Publications  |  Algeria

Chad:  Le président de l’Organisation Tchadienne des Droits Humains Baradine Berdei Targuio doit être libéré !

September 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Côte d'Ivoire:  Arbitrary detention of Ms. Pulchérie Gbalet and Messrs. Gédéon Junior Gbaou, Cyrille Djehi Bi and Aimé César Kouakou N’Goran

September 1, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Côte d'Ivoire

Chad:  Suspension de M. Mahamat Nour Ibedou de son poste de secrétaire général de la CTDDH

September 1, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Belarus:  All Eyes on Belarus - the latest developments

September 1, 2020  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Belarus