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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Niger:  Arbitrary arrest of Mr. Ali Idrissa

April 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Guatemala:  Release labour rights defender Bernabé Gualná Caal!

April 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Saudi Arabia:  Degradation of the health condition while in detention of Mr. Abdullah Al-Hamid

April 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

China:  Wang Quanzhang should be free to join his family!

April 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Algeria:  Sentencing and ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Abdelouahab Fersaoui

April 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Tanzania:  Conviction of Mr. Maxence Melo, Executive Director of the NGO JamiiForums

April 14, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

India:  Police harassment of four human rights defenders for criticising the management of COVID-19 pandemic in Manipur State

April 8, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Venezuela:  Release and ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Darvinson Rojas

April 7, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

China:  Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang put on compulsory quarantine upon his release

April 7, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Philippines:  Immediately release Filipino political prisoners and end detention and ill-treatment of curfew violators

April 6, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Myanmar (ex-Burma):  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Nay Myo Lin and judicial harassment of five other journalists

April 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Venezuela:  Detención arbitraria, malos tratos y criminalización contra Henderson Maldonado, abogado del Movimiento Vinotinto

April 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Guatemala:  Cesen los ataques a periodistas - Pronunciamiento conjunto

April 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Turkey:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Nurcan Baysal

April 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Guinea:  Intimidation acts against Mr. Ibrahima Diallo

April 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea