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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Venezuela:  Detención arbitraria, malos tratos y criminalización contra Henderson Maldonado, abogado del Movimiento Vinotinto

April 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Guatemala:  Cesen los ataques a periodistas - Pronunciamiento conjunto

April 3, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Turkey:  Judicial harassment of Ms. Nurcan Baysal

April 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Guinea:  Intimidation acts against Mr. Ibrahima Diallo

April 2, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

India:  Joint statement - Arbitrarily detained Kashmiri prisoners must be freed

April 1, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  India

Kyrgyzstan:  Joint letter: Call for the release of Azimjon Askarov

March 31, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Colombia:  Asesinato de la defensora Carlota Isabel Salinas Pérez

March 31, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Thailand:  End judicial harassment of human rights defenders, repeal criminal defamation laws

March 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Egypt:  Ongoing arbitrary detention of Mr. Ibrahim Ezz El-Din

March 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Judicial harassment of Mr. Bahey el-Din Hassan, CIHRS Director

March 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Venezuela:  Press release: The coronavirus as a pretext to silence defenders and journalists

March 26, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Algeria:  Acharnement judiciaire à l’encontre de M. Karim Tabbou

March 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Guinea:  Threats against AVIPA members, Mr. Souleymane Camara and Mr. Mamadou Baïlo Barry

March 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Niger:  Civil society organisations call on authorities to end harassment of human rights defenders

March 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Niger

Turkey:  Joint Statement: Human rights defender Mehmet Raci Bilici unfairly convicted

March 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey