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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Colombia:  Represión de la protesta social en vísperas del Paro Nacional

November 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Kyrgyzstan:  Decision to order the partial confiscation of the house of Mr. Azimjan Askarov

November 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Philippines:  Statement of Indignation Over the Unjust and Indefinite Detention Of Philippine Senator Leila M. de Lima

November 20, 2019  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Venezuela:  Continuación de la criminalización del periodista Luis Carlos Díaz

November 19, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Sentencing in appeal of Mr. Walid Salek El Batal

November 19, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Nicaragua:  ¡La solidaridad no es un delito! ¡Libertad para los defensores de derechos humanos recientemente detenidos!

November 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Mexico:  Continuación de la detención arbitraria y la criminalización contra el vocero del CODEDI Fredy García Ramírez

November 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Russian Federation:  Inclusion of “People in Need” in the list of undesirable organisations

November 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Viet Nam:  Release of woman human rights defender Dinh Thi Phuong Thao

November 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Viet Nam:  Arbitrary detention of woman human rights defender Dinh Thi Phuong Thao

November 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Viet Nam

Guatemala:  Actos de intimidación y amenazas contra integrantes de la UDEFEGUA, abogados querellantes y víctimas en el caso del Genocidio Ixil

November 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Mexico:  Detención arbitraria y criminalización en contra del portavoz del CODEDI Fredy García Ramírez

November 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

United Arab Emirates:  Open letter calling for the release of prominent lawyer and human rights defender Dr Mohammed Al-Roken

November 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  United Arab Emirates

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, co-founder of the Association of Families of the Disappeared

November 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Venezuela:  Ejecución extrajudicial por parte de la policía del sobrino de la defensora Ruth Pérez

November 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela