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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Pakistan:  Abduction and enforced disappearance of Mr. Muhammad Ismail, father of defender Ms. Gulalai Ismail

October 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Mexico:  Joint Public Statement: One year after the killing of Julián Carrillo, the EU must act for human rights defenders in Mexico

October 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Colombia:  Joint Open Letter in Support of the Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos (CSPP)

October 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Actos de seguimiento e intimidación contra el CDH Tlachinollan, el Frente Popular de la Montaña y los familiares del defensor desaparecido Arnulfo Cerón Soriano

October 23, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Amr Imam

October 22, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

China:  Drop “Subversion” Charge & Release Woman Human Rights Defender Chen Jianfang

October 21, 2019  |  Statements  |  China

Saudi Arabia:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Mohamed Al-Otaibi

October 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Colombia:  Comunicado de prensa: Ataques contra CSPP serían una represalia por su defensa de los derechos humanos

October 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Russian Federation:  Attempt to close down the Moscow-based “For Human Rights” movement

October 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Condamnation du journaliste Walid Salek El Batal à six ans de prison

October 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Mexico:  Disappearance of human rights defender Arnulfo Cerón Soriano in the State of Guerrero

October 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Togo:  Release of Mr. Folly Satchivi

October 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Egypt:  Enforced disappearance of Mr. Amr Imam and physical assault of Mr. Gamal Eid

October 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Judicial harassment and acts of intimidation against Dr. Aida Seif al Dawla, Director and one of the co-founders of El Nadeem Center against Violence and Torture

October 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Bulgaria:  Lettre ouverte à la France suite aux attaques subies par le Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC)

October 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bulgaria