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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Peru:  Pronunciamiento: Aprobación del protocolo de protección a personas defensoras debe ser primer paso hacia una verdadera política de Estado

May 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Assisting survivors of torture

May 6, 2019  |   Assistance to victims, Human Rights Defenders  |  Reports and Publications

Honduras:  Pronunciamiento conjunto: Departamento policial de Choluteca reprime de forma sistemática y violenta a la población

May 3, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Singapore:  Sentencing of Mr. Jolovan Wham

April 29, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Singapore

Guatemala:  Good news! Acquittal and release of Abelino Chub Caal

April 29, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Morocco:  Poursuite du harcèlement judiciaire de de MM. Hamid El Mahdaoui et Rabie Al-Ablak, ainsi que de la sérieuse dégradation de son état de santé

April 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Hong Kong:  Sentencing of 8 of the 9 pro-democracy activists who led Hong Kong’s 2014 ‘Umbrella Movement’

April 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Hong Kong

Colombia:  Comunicado de prensa: La protesta social pacífica es la voz de la ciudadanía y debe ser escuchada

April 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Guatemala:  Ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Abelino Chub Caal

April 19, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Iran:  Ongoing judicial harassment against human rights lawyers Mr. Amir Salar Davoodi and Mr. Mohammad Najafi

April 19, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Ethiopia:  The 2019 CSO Law: Winds of change for human rights defenders in Ethiopia?

April 19, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Ethiopia

Belarus:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Vladimir Velichkin and other 17 environmental defenders

April 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Iran:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Vida Movahedi

April 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

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