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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Belarus:  Arbitrary detention of Leanid Sudalenka, lawyer of the Homie? (Gomel) branch of Viasna, and Maria Tarasenka, Viasna’s volunteer

January 20, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Peru:  Seguimiento y vigilancia de Elita Yopla Herrera y César Estrada Chuquilín

January 20, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Venezuela:  Detención arbitraria de la membresía de Azul Positivo y allanamiento de su sede

January 19, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Venezuela:  Hostigamiento y amenazas contra la membresía de Provea

January 18, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Guatemala:  One year after President Giammattei took office, violence against human rights defenders continues to rise

January 18, 2021  |  Reports and Publications  |  Guatemala

Turkey:  Open letter: Concerns regarding the judicial harassment of physician and human rights defender Dr. Serdar Küni

January 15, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Turkey:  New law seriously threatens freedom of association and must be repealed

January 15, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Sudan:  Judicial harassment of women's rights defender Waad Bahjat

January 15, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Zimbabwe:  Arbitrary detention of Hopewell Chin’ono (alias Daddy Hope)

January 15, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Zimbabwe

Venezuela:  Criminalización de Vannesa Rosales, defensora de los derechos sexuales y reproductivos

January 12, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Guinea:  Ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Oumar Sylla

January 12, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Tanzania:  Release of Tito Magoti, Mass Education Officer at the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHCR)

January 11, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Tanzania

Morocco:  Arbitrary detention of Maâti Monjib

January 8, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco

Mexico:  Amenazas contra integrantes de la Red Ambiental del Valle de Jovel

January 8, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Turkey:  Re-arrest of human rights lawyer Aytaç Ünsal

January 8, 2021  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey