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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Iran:  Nasrin Sotoudeh temporarily released from prison on health grounds

November 9, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Mexico:  Tras 365 días de detención injusta y en plena pandemia, Fredy García Ramírez debe ser puesto en libertad inmediatamente

November 9, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Western Sahara:  Communiqué conjoint: Prisonniers de Gdeim Izik : Déjà 10 ans de détention arbitraire

November 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Western Sahara

Chad:  Harassment against the NGO Chadian Human Rights League (LTDH)

November 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Belarus:  Administrative detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Maryna Kastylianchanka and arbitrary detention and subsequent release of Mr. Aliaksandr Paplauski

November 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Slovenia:  Harassment and threat of eviction of the Peace Institute and 17 other NGOs

November 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Slovenia

Peru:  19 defensores de la tierra y el territorio declarados inocentes en el caso Las Bambas

November 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Colombia:  Killing of Mr. Carlos Navia

November 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Cambodia:  Cambodia’s Government Should Stop Silencing Journalists, Media Outlets

November 2, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

Guatemala:  Continúa la criminalización contra la periodista Anastasia Mejía Tiriquiz

October 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Algeria:  Communiqué de presse: À la veille du référendum constitutionnel, il est urgent de cesser la répression des militants du Hirak

October 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Poland:   Joint Statement: International Solidarity with Women and Peaceful Protestors

October 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Poland

China:  Arbitrary and incommunicado detention of Mr. Chang Weiping

October 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

India:  Simultaneous NIA raids on human rights defenders' home, NGOs and newspaper's offices

October 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Thailand:  Suchanee Cloitre conviction over Twitter post overturned in Thammakaset saga

October 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand