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

Chile:  Comunicado conjunto: Preocupación por la detención de personas defensoras del pueblo Mapuche en Tirúa

August 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Honduras:  Continuación de la criminalización contra los defensores de Guapinol

August 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras


August 21, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

Honduras:  Carta de la Misión de Observación Causa Berta Cáceres al Presidente de la Corte Suprema de Justicia del Poder Judicial de Honduras

August 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Iran:  Deterioration of Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh’s health while in detention and arbitrary arrest of her daughter

August 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Zimbabwe:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Hopewell Chin'ono's lawyer Ms. Beatrice Mtetwa

August 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Togo:  Harcèlement judiciaire et menaces à l’encontre de M. Ferdinand Mensah Ayité, directeur de publication du journal l’Alternative

August 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Release of Mr. Mahmoud Nawajaa, General Coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee

August 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Philippines:  Killing of Ms. Zara Alvarez, Karapatan Paralegal in Negros Occidental Province

August 18, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Harcèlement à l’encontre de M. Jean Claude Katende, avocat et président de l’Association Africaine de défense des Droits de l’Homme

August 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Armenia:  Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of several environmental rights defenders

August 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Armenia

Colombia:  Assassination attempt against Mr. Francisco Javier Cortés Guanga

August 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Algeria:  En pleine pandémie de COVID-19, la répression des défenseurs des droits humains continue sans relâche

August 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Ukraine:  Attacks against SEMA Ukraine member Valentyna Buchok must stop

August 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ukraine