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:  Sentencing and arbitrary detention of Mr. Konstantin Kotov

September 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Iran:  Sentencing of Mses. Saba Kord-Afshari, Yassman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi and Mojgan Keshavarz, four women’s rights defenders

September 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Brazil:  Wave of attacks against human rights institutions

August 30, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Hong Kong:  Immediately release four pro-democracy activists

August 30, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hong Kong

Honduras:  Asesinato del Sr. Roberto Antonio Argueta Tejada, criminalizado en el caso Guapinol

August 29, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Honduras:  Nueva criminalización contra los defensores de Guapinol

August 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

China:  Conviction and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Huang Qi

August 21, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Cyprus:  Police abuse and arbitrary detention against Mr. Doros Polykarpou

August 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cyprus

Iran:  New report documents the systematic criminalisation of human rights defenders

August 20, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Iran

Mexico:  Amenazas de muerte recibidas por la Sra. Ariana Bosque

August 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Maldives:  Ongoing threats against human rights defenders

August 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives

Greece:  Judicial harassment against Mr. Panayote Dimitras

August 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Guatemala:  Joint Statement: 327 attacks against human rights defenders in 2019

August 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Kyrgyzstan:  Life sentence of Mr. Azimjan Askarov upheld by Chuy Regional Court of Kyrgyzstan

July 31, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Honduras:  Intensificación de la campaña sistemática de ataques en contra de la Asociación por una Ciudadanía Participativa (ACI Participa)

July 30, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras