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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Iran:  Joint submission to the UPR details dire situation of human rights defenders

March 29, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Iran

Thailand:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Sutharee Wannasiri and Mr. Nan Win

March 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Viet Nam:  Suspected abduction and subsequent arbitrary detention of blogger Mr. Truong Duy Nhat

March 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Peru:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against the leaders of the Fuerabamba Community

March 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Colombia:  Campaign of stigmatization of the defense of human rights and of social protest in the framework of the mobilisation in the Southwest of the country

March 27, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Honduras:  Intensificación de la campaña de ataques contra personas defensoras en la zona sur, incluyendo el asesinato del comunicador social Carlos Gabriel Hernández

March 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Guatemala:  Judicial harassment by the President of the SCJ against Claudia Virginia Samayoa Pineda and José Manuel Martínez Cabrera

March 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Vacancy announcement: OMCT Europe - Human Rights Officer / Turkey, Eastern Europe & Central Asia Programme

March 22, 2019  |  Links

Morocco:  Harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre de Mme Nazha El Khalidi, journaliste et membre du collectif sahraoui Equipe Media

March 21, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Iran:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Rezvaneh Mohammadi, gender equality defender

March 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Equatorial Guinea:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Alfredo Okenve Ndoho, Vice-President of the NGO Centro de Estudios e iniciativas para el Desarrollo (CEID)

March 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Equatorial Guinea

Russian Federation:  Joint Press Release: Human rights defender Oyub Titiev convicted following unfair and absurd judicial process

March 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Egypt:  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of LGBTI+ defender Malak Al-Kashif

March 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Congo Lucha wins the 2019 OMCT Prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

March 18, 2019  |  Events

Saudi Arabia:  Continuing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of 10 women human rights defenders

March 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia