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Iran: Historic Turning Point as Mothers of Khavaran Receive an International Award

After more than a quarter of a century of struggle to raise awareness about the plight of their loved ones, Mothers of Khavaran receive the 2014 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.

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Uganda: Attempted attack against human rights defenders Mr Moses Omiat and Ms Monica Apilo

On 14 May 2014, human rights defenders and colleagues Mr Moses Omiat and Ms Monica Apilo remain confined to their respective homes for the seventh consecutive day since unidentified armed men came to their offices in an attempt to attack them. 

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Colombia: Threats Made Against Indigenous Defenders

Fifteen-year-old Génesis Giselle Gutiérrez Romero, a member of the Wayúu Indigenous Reservation of Zahíno, received a death threat on 5 May. She and her family are linked to a local human rights organization which campaigns on behalf of the Wayúu Indigenous communities which have been the target of repeated paramilitary death threats. 

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Sign the Petition on change.org: Bring Back Our Girls and End the Abduction of Women and Girls in Nigeria

Petitioning the Federal Government of Nigeria, Security Agencies & the International Community. Petition by Women for Peace & Justice

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Colombia: Threats and surveillance of human rights defender Ms Nevys Niño Rodríguez and members of Movice Atlántico

On 3 May 2014, human rights defender Ms Nevys Niño Rodríguez received a threatening text message which warned her to be careful and that she was under surveillance. 

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Azerbaijan: Human rights defender Ms Leyla Yunus prevented from travelling, searched and interrogated

On 28 April 2014, human rights defender Ms Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus were prevented from leaving the country, their belongings were searched at the airport and her personal computer and notes were confiscated. 

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Colombia: Death threats against human rights defender Ms Yeimy Rodriguez

On 28 April 2014, at approximately 6pm, human rights defender Ms Yeimy Rodriguez received a death threat by text message. 

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Urgent action: Iran. Jail sentence for Iranian student Maryam Shafi’ Pour

Maryam Shafi’ Pour, a prisoner of conscience, has been sentenced to seven years in prison on charges apparently related to her peaceful activism. She has lodged an appeal and is awaiting the Appeal Court’s decision.

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La Puya: Call for an End to Police Intimidation and Eviction Threats

The National Police, at the service of US mining company Kappes Cassiday and Associates (KCA), have been carrying out acts of intimidation and threatening eviction against communities in resistance at La Puya, just north of Guatemala City.

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Egypt: Three women, Abrar Al-Anany, Menatalla Moustafa, Yousra El Khateeb, jailed on trumped-up charges

The Egyptian authorities have detained three female students on trumped-up charges. The women are prisoners of conscience, held solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

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