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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Colombia:  Nuevos ataques en el marco de la Minga del Suroccidente, incluyendo el asesinato de Aquileo Mecheche Baragon, así como amenazas de muerte contra personas y organizaciones defensoras por parte de estructuras paramilitares

April 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Assassination of the member of Sol Rojo Luis Armando Fuentes Aquino in Oaxaca

April 16, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

United Arab Emirates:  Take action to help free prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, now on hunger strike

April 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Mozambique:  Civil Society groups call for the unconditional and immediate release of radio journalist

April 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mozambique

Mexico:  International campaign for the release of Pablo Lopez Alavez launched: #LibertadParaPablo

April 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Honduras:  Comunicado conjunto: Expertos preocupados por demora en sentencia por el asesinato de Berta Cáceres

April 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Vacancy announcement: HRDs Grants and Reporting Officer (Brussels)

April 9, 2019  |  Links

Peru:  Concern for the judicial harassment against 16 land rights defenders from Catacaos and against 2 journalists Pedro Salinas and Paola Ugaz in Piura

April 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Saudi Arabia:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Mses. Aziza al-Youssef and Eman al-Nafjan, and continuing arbitrary detention of eight other WHRDs

April 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Colombia:  Asesinato de Ceferino Yunda Camayo y ataques contra oficinas de FUNDECIMA y CRIC en el marco de la Minga del Suroccidente

April 5, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Colombia:  Campaña de ataques, intimidación y amenazas contra Daniel Prado por su trabajo en proceso penal contra el grupo paramilitar "Los 12 apóstoles"

April 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Civil society organizations condemn ongoing criminalization of human rights defenders Claudia Samayoa and Jose? Marti?nez

April 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Guatemala:  OMCT Campaign: Stop the criminalisation of Claudia and Jose! #SOSClaudia #SOSJose #SOSGuatemala

April 1, 2019  |  Links  |  Guatemala

Saudi Arabia:  Provisional release and ongoing judicial harassment of Mses. Aziza al-Youssef and Eman al-Nafjan along with eight other WHRDs

April 1, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Egypt:  Conditional release of Mr. Alaa Abdel Fattah

March 29, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt