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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Turkey:  Report: Attack on Freedom of Assembly Undermines Work of Human Rights Defenders

July 29, 2020  |  Reports and Publications  |  Turkey

Niger:  Relaxe de Samira Sabou : un premier signal positif envoyé par le pouvoir judiciaire au Niger

July 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Kyrgyzstan:  Azimjan Askarov’s Death in Detention Evokes Calls for Accountability

July 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Niger:  Expected verdict in the trial against Niger journalist could curb freedom of expression

July 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Turkey:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of 17 women's rights defenders

July 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Kyrgyzstan:  Critical health condition of Mr. Azimjan Askarov, unjustly detained for more than a decade

July 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Morocco:  End the judicial harassment against journalist Omar Radi

July 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Thailand:  Acquittal and continuing judicial harassment of Mr. Andy Hall

July 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Zimbabwe:  Arbitrary arrest of anti-corruption activists Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume

July 22, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Guinea:  Poursuite du harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de M. Ibrahima Diallo

July 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Bulgaria:  Draft NGO law violates EU law and stigmatizes groups receiving foreign funding

July 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bulgaria

Honduras:  Enforced disappearance of Messrs. Alberth Sneider Centeno, Aparicio Mejía García and Joel Martínez Álvarez

July 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Russian Federation:  Russia must quash wrongful accusations against human rights defender Yuri Dmitriev

July 21, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Honduras:  Carta conjunta: Preocupación por ataques contra OFRANEH Y COPINH

July 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Egypt:  Appeals of Nazra for Feminist Studies and Ms. Mozn Hassan in NGO Foreign Funding case rejected

July 20, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt