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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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

Burundi:  Judicial harassment against twelve human rights defenders in exile

February 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Moldova, Republic of:  Arbitrary detention of whistleblower Mr. Alexandru Rjavitin by the self-proclaimed “Moldovan Republic of Transnistria”

February 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Moldova, Republic of

Deteriorating health condition while in detention of Ms. Mahfouda Bamba Lefkir

February 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

India:  Deteriorating health condition while in detention of human rights lawyer Miyan Abdul Qayoom

February 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Burundi:  Open letter on the irregularity of the trial against Burundian human rights defenders

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February 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Pakistan:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Manzoor Pashteen and of at least 23 other human rights defenders

January 31, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Russian Federation:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Svyatoslav Khromenkov and Ms. Natalya Varshney, respectively the Director and the psychologist of the NGO “Siberia without Torture”

January 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Messrs. Jean-Claude Malitano and Etienne Tandele

January 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Chad:  Release of Mr. Mahamat Nour Ibedou

January 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Colombia:  Amenazas de muerte por parte de estructura paramilitar contra organizaciones y personas defensoras de derechos humanos

January 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia