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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Djibouti:  Harcèlement judiciaire de trois militants pro-démocratie

November 4, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti

Guatemala:  UDEFEGUA - Registro de agresiones a personas defensoras (Enero - Septiembre 2019)

November 4, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Egypt:  Threats and acts of intimidation against Mr. Gamal Eid

November 1, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Honduras:  100 organizaciones nacionales e internacionales urgen revisar medidas de Guapinol para garantizar que enfrenten proceso legal en libertad

October 31, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Singapore:  Conviction and sentencing in appeal of Mr. Jolovan Wham, social worker and former Executive Director of the NGO Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics

October 30, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Iran:  Release on bail of 5 labour rights defenders and ongoing arbitrary detention of Ms. Asal Mohammadi

October 30, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Djibouti:  Libération de M. Osman Yonis Bogoreh suite à des actes de torture pendant sa détention et poursuite de la détention arbitraire et au secret de M. Said Abdilahi Yassin, tous deux membres de la LDDH

October 30, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti

Honduras:  International organisations demand the immediate transfer of the Guapinol human rights defenders out of the "La Tolva" maximum security prison

October 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Turkey:  Harassment of several individuals and groups as a reprisal for their calls for peace and the respect of human rights in the context of the “Operation Peace Spring”

October 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Pakistan:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Muhammad Ismail, father of human rights defender Ms. Gulalai Ismail

October 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Djibouti:  Arrestation arbitraire et disparition forcée des membres de la Ligue djiboutienne des droits humains MM. Osman Yonis Bogoreh et Said Abdilahi Yassin

October 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Djibouti

Algeria:  Arrestation arbitraire de M. Kaddour Chouicha, syndicaliste et président de la section d’Oran de la Ligue algérienne de défense des droits de l’Homme

October 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Colombia:  Amenazas contra la vida e integridad personal del abogado de DDHH e integrante de dhColombia Germán Romero Sánchez

October 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Guinea:  Détention arbitraire et condamnation de cinq membres du Front national pour la défense de la Constitution (FNDC)

October 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Pakistan:  Abduction and enforced disappearance of Mr. Muhammad Ismail, father of defender Ms. Gulalai Ismail

October 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan