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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Tanzania:  Human rights defender Tito Magoti to be presented for the 11th time before the Court in an unfair trial

May 12, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

Kyrgyzstan:  Supreme Court to Hear Case of Human Rights Defender Azimjan Askarov on May 13

May 12, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Mexico:  OSC, Personas Defensoras y Periodistas llaman a respetar el derecho a defender derechos humanos y el ejercicio de la libertad de expresión durante la pandemia provocada por el COVID-19

May 11, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Colombia:  Oidhaco and international organizations repudiate military illegal intelligence activities and ask public statement by European countries and institutions

May 11, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Kazakhstan:  Smear campaign against Yevgeniy Zhovtis and other representatives of KIBHR

May 11, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kazakhstan

Egypt:   Ibrahim Ezz El-Din, tortured for documenting life in slums

May 10, 2020  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Philippines:  Teresita Naul, advocate for the poorest

May 8, 2020  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Human Rights Defenders Imprisoned Worldwide

May 7, 2020  |  Statements

Algeria:  Pendant le confinement et la trêve, la répression des défenseurs des droits humains s’accentue

May 7, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Venezuela:  Harassment and defamation against Provea

May 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Pakistan:  Killing of Mr. Arif Wazir, a leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM)

May 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Philippines:  Arbitrarily imprisoned Senator de Lima prevented from participating in Senate sessions via teleconference

May 6, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Human Rights Defenders Imprisoned Worldwide

May 6, 2020  |  Statements

Niger:  Provisional release of Messrs. Moussa Tchangari, Sani Chekaraou and Habibou Soumaila

May 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Zimbabwe:  Physical assault and arbitrary arrest of Mr. Gamuchirai Mukura

May 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe