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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United Arab Emirates:  Freedom of expression must be upheld at all times, not only tolerated during Hay Festival Abu Dhabi

February 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Guatemala:  Open letter by European parlamentarians raising concerns regarding the NGO Law in Guatemala

February 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Venezuela:  Press Release: Freedom of association at risk of extinction

February 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Egypt:  Release on bail of Mr. Ahmed Abdel Fattah

February 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Guatemala:  El Congreso restringe la libertad de asociación - Presidente Giammattei debe vetar el Decreto

February 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Thailand:  Judicial harassment against member of NGO Fortify Rights Ms. Puttanee Kangkun in relation to social media publications

February 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Ms. Gülseren Yoleri, Istanbul Branch President of the Human Rights Association (?HD)

February 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Colombia:  Nuevos actos de intimidación y amenaza en el Valle del Cauca contra los Sres. Walter Agredo Muñoz y Hernán Arciniegas

February 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

India:  Continuing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention, as well as the deteriorating health condition while in detention of Mr. Miyan Abdul Qayoom

February 12, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Honduras:  ?La justicia hondureña en deuda: Organizaciones presentan hallazgos sobre acceso a justicia en caso Berta Cáceres

February 11, 2020  |  Reports and Publications  |  Honduras

Colombia:  Actos de vigilancia ilegal contra la CCJ y contra el abogado Daniel Prado

February 11, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention, torture and judicial harassment of Mr. Patrick George Zaki, a postgraduate student at Bologna University

February 10, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Philippines:  Arbitrary arrest of two Karapatan members and four other human rights defenders

February 7, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Algeria:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Abdelouahab Fersaoui and judicial harassment of Mr. Kaddour Chouicha

February 7, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Kyrgyzstan:  Attack and threats against Ms. Cholpon Dzhakupova and other representatives of the non-governmental human rights organisation “Legal clinic ‘Adilet’”

February 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan