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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Guinea:  Libération conditionnelle de cinq membres du Front national pour la défense de la Constitution

December 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Ramy Kamel

November 29, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Threats and harassment against family members of Mr. Ahmed Saïd

November 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Reappearance and arbitrary detention of ECRF researcher Mr. Ibrahim Ezz El-Din

November 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Thailand:  Judicial harassment former commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand Ms. Angkhana Neelapaijit

November 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Colombia:  Asesinato del manifestante Dylan Mauricio Cruz y continuación de la represión del Paro Nacional

November 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Asesinato de Arnulfo Cerón Soriano, quien se encontraba desaparecido desde el 11 de octubre

November 22, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Viet Nam:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Pham Chi Dung

November 22, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Niger:  Release of Mr. Sadat Illiya Dan Malam

November 22, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Pakistan:  Alleged abduction and enforced disappearance of Mr. Idris Khattak

November 21, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Pakistan

Colombia:  Represión de la protesta social en vísperas del Paro Nacional

November 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Kyrgyzstan:  Decision to order the partial confiscation of the house of Mr. Azimjan Askarov

November 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Philippines:  Statement of Indignation Over the Unjust and Indefinite Detention Of Philippine Senator Leila M. de Lima

November 20, 2019  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Venezuela:  Continuación de la criminalización del periodista Luis Carlos Díaz

November 19, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Sentencing in appeal of Mr. Walid Salek El Batal

November 19, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara