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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Honduras:  Threat of criminalisation against human rights lawyer Mario Portillo in Intibucá

June 21, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Death threats against Mr. Jean-Claude Katende

June 21, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Mauritania:  Joint Letter calling President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to release blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir

June 21, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mauritania

India:  Criminal case filed against Lawyers Collective and its representatives including Mr. Anand Grover

June 21, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Russian Federation:  Human rights defender Oyub Titiev released on parole after spending 17 months in prison

June 21, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Russian Federation:  The trial and conviction of Oyub Titiev: A travesty of justice and a dire warning to human rights defenders to stop documenting the abysmal human rights situation in Chechnya

June 21, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Russian Federation

Open letter (in German) to the President of the Swiss Confederation on the occasion of his meeting with President Duque

June 20, 2019  |  Statements  |  Colombia, Switzerland

Mexico:  Amenazas, señalamientos y estigmatización en contra de miembros de la comunidad indígena de Unión Hidalgo (Oaxaca)

June 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt:  Re-arrest and continuing judicial harassment of Mr. Haytham Mohamadein

June 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  33 NGOs call for the release of jailed activist Malak Al-Kashif

June 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Enforced disappearance of ECRF Researcher Mr. Ibrahim Ezz El-Din

June 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Iran:  Deterioration of the medical condition of Ms. Narges Mohammadi

June 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Philippines:  Senate must adopt Human Rights Defenders Bill, after landmark adoption by House of Representatives

June 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Bahrain:  Threats and defamation against Messrs. Sayed Yousif Almuhadafdha and Hussein al-Satri

June 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Iran:  Sentencing of human rights lawyer Amir Salar Davoodi

June 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran