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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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

India:  Joint Open Letter To The Indian Government Calling For The Release Of Human Rights Defenders At Risk

May 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Murder of Mr. Freddy Kambale, an activist of the LUCHA pro-democracy movement

May 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Guatemala:  Ataque contra Tania Palencia Prado evidencia falta de garantías para la defensa de derechos humanos

May 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Peru:  Asesinato del defensor indígena Gonzalo Pío Flores

May 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Azerbaijan:  Arbitrary detention of human rights lawyer and journalist Elchin Mammad

May 22, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan:  Elchin Mammad, risking his life simply for speaking up

May 22, 2020  |  Statements  |  Azerbaijan

Haiti:  Attaque armée contre le bureau du Réseau national de défense des droits de l’Homme (RNDDH)

May 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Haiti

Turkey:  Selçuk Kozagaçli, a voice for justice, muzzled

May 20, 2020  |  Statements  |  Turkey

Angola:  Harassment, intimidations & arbitrary detention of MBAKITA members in Cuando Cubango province

May 19, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Angola

Peru:  Walter Aduviri Calisaya, paying the price for defying the mining sector

May 18, 2020  |  Statements  |  Peru

Cameroon:  Mancho Bibixy Tse, in prison for promoting Anglophone rights

May 16, 2020  |  Statements  |  Cameroon