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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Russian Federation:  On the tenth anniversary of Natalia Estemirova’s murder, human rights groups call for justice long overdue

July 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Colombia:  Continuos hechos de intimidación y amenazas recientes contra integrantes de la Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz

July 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Campaña de ataques contra organizaciones defensoras de la tierra y el territorio en Chilón (Chiapas)

July 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

India:  Ongoing harassment against the Lawyers Collective and its co-founders Mr. Anand Grover and Ms. Indira Jaising

July 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Western Sahara:  Sentencing of Ms. Nazha El Khalidi

July 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Western Sahara

Cambodia:  Closing civic space for human rights defenders

July 8, 2019  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Ms. Carola Rackete, captain of the Sea-Watch 3

July 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU), Italy

Western Sahara:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Nazha El Khalidi

July 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Western Sahara

Bangladesh:  Release on bail of Mr. Mohammad Abdul Kaium, a member of Odhikar Human Rights Defenders Network

July 3, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Russian Federation:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Alexandra Koroleva, Head of the environmental rights NGO Ekozaschita!

July 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Turkey:  Acquittal of Ms. ?ebnem Korur Fincanc?, Mr. Erol Öndero?lu and Mr. Ahmet Nesin

July 1, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Tajikistan:  How human rights defenders are being squeezed out

July 1, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tajikistan

Tajikistan:  Their last stand? How human rights defenders are being squeezed out in Tajikistan

July 1, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Tajikistan

Cuba:  Ola de represión contra personas defensoras y periodistas

June 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cuba

Mexico:  Actos de difamación contra la organización La 72, Hogar-Refugio para personas migrantes en contexto de obstaculización a defensa de los derechos de las personas migrantes en Tabasco

June 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico