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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Cuba:  Ola de represión contra personas defensoras y periodistas

June 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cuba

Mexico:  Actos de difamación contra la organización La 72, Hogar-Refugio para personas migrantes en contexto de obstaculización a defensa de los derechos de las personas migrantes en Tabasco

June 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Human Rights Organizations urge the UN Human Rights Council to hold Saudi Arabia accountable

June 26, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders, Violence against women  |  Reports and Publications

India:  Government should withdraw criminal charges against NGO ‘Lawyers Collective’ and its representatives

June 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Colombia:  Intento de entrar a la fuerza en las oficinas de MOVICE en Bogotá

June 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Deterioro de las condiciones de salud y continuación de la criminalización del Sr. Teófilo García López

June 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Honduras:  Más de 100 organizaciones nacionales e internacionales condenamos la criminalización de nueve indígenas tolupanes en San Francisco Locomapa

June 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

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