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Stop persecuting women's rights defenders in Bahrain!

Jailed Bahraini women's rights defende Ghada Jamsheer is very sick and was arrested in August upon return from seeing her doctor in London. She can’t carry out her treatment in prison, where it is very cold and many women are sick, putting her at increased risk.


In a call from prison, she said, “Here in the jail, they don’t treat me necessarily very well because I’m a human rights defender. Please do something to help me. I want to get out.” She is very worried about her young daughter, who relies on her mother for support.

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Take Action: Egypt: Standing up for Mozn Hassan

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Mozn Hassan Urgent Action

"To the Governmen of Egypt:

We ask the government of Egypt to stop the targeting and harassment of Mozn Hassan and all others due to their legitimate and peaceful human rights advocacy. We call on the government:

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Take Action: Egypt: Standing up for Mozn Hassan

Sign the Petition

Mozn Hassan Urgent Action

"To the Governmen of Egypt:

We ask the government of Egypt to stop the targeting and harassment of Mozn Hassan and all others due to their legitimate and peaceful human rights advocacy. We call on the government:

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Take Action: Egypt: Standing up for Mozn Hassan

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Mozn Hassan Urgent Action

"To the Governmen of Egypt:

We ask the government of Egypt to stop the targeting and harassment of Mozn Hassan and all others due to their legitimate and peaceful human rights advocacy. We call on the government:

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Turkey: Serious concerns for health of writer and activist Asli Erdogan

PEN International is deeply concerned for the health of novelist and human rights activist Asli Erdogan, following an interview with the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet via her legal team in which she stated that she is being denied medication and water.

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Turkey: Serious concerns for health of writer and activist Asli Erdogan

PEN International is deeply concerned for the health of novelist and human rights activist Asli Erdogan, following an interview with the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet via her legal team in which she stated that she is being denied medication and water.

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Bahrain: Ghada Jamsheer arrested

On 15 August, women’s rights defender and President of the Women's Petition Committee (WPC), Ghada Jamsheer, who is also a writer and blogger, was detained upon arrival from London, the United Kingdom at Bahrain’s airport in Manama. She arrived at 8pm local time and has not been released, but local reports indicate she has been moved from the airport. It is believed that she is being held in connection to sentences imposed on her for exercising her right to free expression on twitter.

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Mirette AbdelMawla sentenced to three years imprisonment

Boulaq Al Dakrour Felonies Court sentenced WHRD Mirette AbdelMawla and 9 other defendants in absentia to 3 years imprisonment  and a fine of one hundred thousand Egyptian pounds.

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Stand with Maria Teresa of #Las17 in El Salvador!

Maria Teresa Rivera of ‪#Las17, a group of women in El Salvador who, upon accessing healthcare facilities as a result of life-threatening obstetrical complications, were accused of having undergone an abortion and wrongfully imprisoned.

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Stand with Maria Teresa of #Las17 in El Salvador!

Maria Teresa Rivera of ‪#Las17, a group of women in El Salvador who, upon accessing healthcare facilities as a result of life-threatening obstetrical complications, were accused of having undergone an abortion and wrongfully imprisoned.

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