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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Côte d'Ivoire:  Arbitrary detention of Ms. Pulchérie Gbalet and Messrs. Gédéon Junior Gbaou, Cyrille Djehi Bi and Aimé César Kouakou N’Goran

September 1, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Côte d'Ivoire

Chad:  Suspension de M. Mahamat Nour Ibedou de son poste de secrétaire général de la CTDDH

September 1, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Belarus:  All Eyes on Belarus - the latest developments

September 1, 2020  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Links  |  Belarus

Guatemala:  Seis años de inacción en la protección de las personas defensoras mientras continúan los asesinatos

August 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Turkey:  Authorities are responsible for Ebru Timtik’s death in custody

August 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Pakistan:  Threats and harassment against Ms. Marvi Sirmed

August 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Egypt:  Veteran Human Rights Defender Bahey eldin Hassan sentenced to 15-Years in Prison

August 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Iraq:  Killings, attempted killings, threats and harassment of several human rights defenders in Basra

August 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iraq

Guinea:  Release of Mr. Oumar Sylla, alias Foniké Mengué

August 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Guatemala:  GUATEMALA: NEW EXECUTIVE MEASURES DISMANTLE THE RULE OF LAW IN GUATEMALA AND REVERSE THE FIGHT AGAINST IMPUNITY

August 28, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Guatemala

Philippines:  Joint statement: UN Human Rights Council should urgently launch an independent international investigative mechanism on the human rights situation in the Philippines

August 27, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Thailand:  Arbitrary arrest and harassment of pro-democracy activists must stop

August 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Egypt:  Sentencing and judicial harassment of Mr. Bahey eldin Hassan

August 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Brazil:  Desalojo forzoso y destrozo de la comunidad Quilombo Campo Grande del Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)

August 25, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

PERU: OMCT CONDEMNS EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE AGAINST KUKAMA INDIGENOUS MARCHERS IN LORETO

August 25, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements