FIDH created the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OBS) in 1997, in partnership with the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT). The objective of this programme is to intervene to prevent or remedy to situations of repression against human rights defenders. The action of this programme is based on the conviction that the strengthening of cooperation and solidarity in favour of human rights defenders and their organisations contribute to breaking their isolation and to reinforcing their protection and security.

The Observatory:
- provides emergency protection to human rights defenders in the field (urgent interventions, international missions, material assistance),
- cooperates with national, regional and international intergovernmental protection mechanisms, and
- mobilises the international community and the media as protection agents for defenders.

Every year, the Observatory publishes a unique global report highlighting the most serious obstacles and threats faced by human rights defenders.

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INTER-MECHANISMS

Since 2008, the Observatory has been organising "inter-mechanisms" annual meetings

Such meetings provide annual platforms of exchange for human rights defenders mechanisms operating within international organisations (UN, African Commission, Council of Europe, EU, Inter-American Commission, OSCE)

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Acknowledgement

FIDH and OMCT thank for their support:

- the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF)
- the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
- the Republic and Canton of Geneva
- the Paris City Hall
- the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
- the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Sigrid Rausing Trust
- Fondation "Un Monde par Tous"
- Fondation de France

along with all the persons, national and international organisations, intergovernmental organisations and media which responded to the Observatory’s requests and supported its actions.

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