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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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

Guinea:  Arbitrary arrest of Mr. Saikou Yaya Diallo

May 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Belarus:  Two environmental rights defenders subjected to enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention and several others arrested and judicially harassed

May 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Pakistan:  Judicial harassment of human rights defender Muhammed Ismail persists amid pandemic

May 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Cameroon:  Ongoing harassment against Mr. Felix Agbor Nkongho, prominent defender of the rights of the Anglophone minority

May 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Mexico:  Organizaciones denuncian que durante contingencia sanitaria del COVID-19 se han recrudecido agresiones contra personas defensoras de derechos humanos

May 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Death while in custody of Mr. Shady Habash

May 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

India:  Safoora Zargar, pregnant and detained for peacefully protesting

May 14, 2020  |  Statements  |  India

Kyrgyzstan:  Supreme Court Upheld Human Rights Defender Azimjan Askarov's Life Sentence In An Appalling Decision

May 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Belarus:  Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters Mars Beginning of Presidential Campaign Season

May 13, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Belarus:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Alena Masliukova in the context of her opposition activities to a bleached-pulp factory

May 12, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Guatemala:  Jorge and Marcelino, sentenced to 35 years for a murder they didn’t commit

May 12, 2020  |  Statements  |  Guatemala