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Egypt: Send Your Support To Yara Sallam And Other Imprisoned Human Rights Defenders

On June 29 a court met in the Police Institute at Tora on the margins of Cairo– “a security fortress, managed by the Ministry of Interior,” next to Tora prison where tens or hundreds of thousands of dissidents have been held and tortured over the years.


Sri Lanka: Obstacles To Freedom Of Association And Expression

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Sri Lanka. 


Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now!

We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.


MADRE Mourns the Death of Palestinian and Israeli Children and Calls for an End to Violence

More than 80 people in Gaza are reported killed by Israeli airstrikes, and people in Israel are forced to take refuge in bomb shelters from rocket attacks. While families in Israel have access to first responders and medical care, Gazan families are suffering from severe shortages of medicines and emergency medical supplies. MADRE supports the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, which provides lifesaving care through its clinics and by sending out emergency rescue teams.  Click here to send emergency aid to Gaza.


Serbia: Members of Women in Black attacked while commemorating massacre of Srebrenica

On 8 July 2014, members of Women in Black were attacked in Valjevo by a group of young people wearing t-shirts bearing the image of Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladić, during a commemoration of the genocide in Srebrenica. 


The Closure of Spaces Continues: Cancellation of Temporary Residence Permits of Two Volunteers of Peace Brigades International

Peace Brigades International (PBI) wishes to bring to your attention and express its grave concerns about the cancellation of the temporary residence permits of two volunteers working for PBI in Guatemala


Colombia: Repeated death threats against land restitution leader Ms. Yomaira Mendoza

On the evening of June 25 2014, the leaders of a movement for land restitution, Ms Yomaira Mendoza and Mr Enrique Cabezas, received via a text message a death threat against themselves, their family members and other human right defenders from the Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz - CIJP (Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace).


Guatemala: Continued detention of Ms Blanca Julia Ajtum Mejía, member of CODECA

Member of the Comité de Desarrollo Campesino - CODECA (Association of Farmers' Development Committee), Ms Blanca Julia Ajtum Mejía, continues to be held in preventative detention after their false imprisonment on 26 June 2014 by five unidentified men in the municipality of Chantla, Huehuetenango department. 


Hold States Accountable for Blocking Debate on Inclusive Understanding of Family

As many of you will be aware, last week the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on "protection of the family".
Throughout the negotiations, Egypt and the other lead sponsors persistently rejected proposals to recognise the simple reality that various forms of the family exist.



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