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:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Manzoor Pashteen and of at least 23 other human rights defenders

January 31, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Russian Federation:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Svyatoslav Khromenkov and Ms. Natalya Varshney, respectively the Director and the psychologist of the NGO “Siberia without Torture”

January 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Messrs. Jean-Claude Malitano and Etienne Tandele

January 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Chad:  Release of Mr. Mahamat Nour Ibedou

January 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Colombia:  Amenazas de muerte por parte de estructura paramilitar contra organizaciones y personas defensoras de derechos humanos

January 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Tanzania:  Continuing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment faced by Mr. Tito Magoti, Mass Education Officer at the Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC)

January 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

Turkey:  Continuing judicial harassment of human rights lawyer Ms. Eren Keskin

January 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Togo:  Threats against the LTDH

January 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Tanzania:  Continuing arbitrary detention of Mr. Tito Magoti, Mass Education Officer at the Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC)

January 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

Algeria:  Provisional release and onging judicial harassment of Mr. Kaddour Chouicha

January 9, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Chile:  Amenazas, intimidación y hostigamiento contra el defensor de los Derechos Humanos y juez Daniel Urrutia Laubreaux

December 31, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

Colombia:  Assassination attempt against Milena Quiroz

December 31, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Morocco:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Omar Radi

December 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Thailand:  Judicial harassment against former Voice TV reporter Ms. Suchanee Cloitre

December 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Tanzania:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Tito Magoti, Mass Education Officer at the Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC)

December 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania