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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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

#FacesOfHope: European parlamentarians join OMCT's call for the release of imprisoned human rights defenders worldwide

July 17, 2020  |  Statements

Honduras:  Asesinato de la defensora trans Scarleth Campbell

July 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Guatemala:  Hostigamiento en contra del Procurador General de los Derechos Humanos Augusto Jordán Rodas Andrade

July 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Morocco:  Judicial harassment against journalist and HRD Omar Radi

July 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

China:  Human rights defenders Liu Dazhi, Wu Gejianxiong and Cheng Yuan indicted for “subversion of State power”

July 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Mexico:  Open letter by European parlamentarians raising concerns regarding death threats against Consorcio Oaxaca

July 17, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Honduras:  Allanamiento de la oficina de ACI PARTICIPA en Choluteca

July 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

India:  Deteriorating health condition of Mr. Varavara Rao

July 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

An Urgent Call to Release Human Rights Defenders and Prisoners of Conscience in Honour of Nelson Mandela Day

July 16, 2020  |  Statements

Iran:  Ms. Narges Mohammadi likely to have contracted COVID-19 in Zanjan prison

July 16, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

India:  Akhil Gogoi tested positive for COVID-19 in jail

July 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Mexico:  Malos tratos contra el defensor Fredy García Ramírez, detenido arbitrariamente en Oaxaca

July 15, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico