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Statement by the Women Dynamics of the World Social Forum

Sixty six years passed on the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but nevertheless the world is still witnessing continuous violations of human rights, especially women's rights. As all forms of discrimination continue in the most egregious ways and ugliest manifestations where women are vulnerable to methods of violence and exploitation as an unjust result of patriarchal culture, economic and social options -ferocious neoliberalism and globalization. 

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Tell John Kerry to call on El Salvador to free #Las17

With one of the world’s most inhumane abortion laws, El Salvador prevents women from receiving an abortion under any circumstance—not in cases of rape or incest, not even to save her life. Dozens of women have been criminalized and imprisoned under this draconian law—even in cases of miscarriage, stillbirth and other pregnancy-related health emergencies.

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Report "Funding for sex worker rights: Opportunities for foundations to fund more and better

Mama Cash has joined efforts with The Red Umbrella Fund and the Open Society Foundations to map global grantmaking for sex worker rights by foundations and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The research identified 56 foundations and NGOs that altogether invested a total of €8 million (US$11 million) in support of sex worker rights in 2013. This may sound like a lot to an individual organisation but it is just a fraction of overall spending on development and human rights.

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What We Need After the Sydney Hostage Crisis: Intolerance of Intolerance

This article, originally published by The Huffington Post on December 17th, 2014, discusses how it is now time to recommit to the struggle against extremist ideologies. We need to be intolerant of intolerance. 

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IM-Defensoras Statement: For Organizations and Social Movements Free of Violence against Women Human Rights Defenders

In this statement, 130 organizations from around the world pledge to unite their voices and join efforts to eradicate all forms of discrimination and violence against women within their organizations and movements.

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Thailand: Murders of Human Rights Defenders Underline Need for Protection, Says UN

This article, originally published by the UN on December 9th, 2014, discusses the murders of two human rights defenders working on land and natural resource issues in the south of Thailand. 

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The Incredible Courage of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Middle East

On International Human Rights Day, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) paid tribute to the courage of women human rights defenders across the Gulf region and its neighbouring countries.

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Intensifying the European Union's Support to Human Rights Defenders: Civil Society Proposals for the New EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy

This statement, originally published by the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) on December 16th, 2014, discusses how the action points of the European Union (EU) Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy which was implemented in 2012, should be rolled over to the future Action Plan to ensure continuity in commitment and actions undertaken by the EU and member states as support to HRDs is intensified.  

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Bahrain: Award Winning Repression - EU Gives Human Rights Award to Non-Independent Public Institutions While the State Jails and Tortures Human Rights Defenders

Front Line Defenders is deeply disappointed with the awarding of the Chaillot Prize to two Bahraini national institutions, the Interior Ministry Ombudsman and the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), amidst a flagrant and widely reported crack-down by the Bahraini government on independent civil society organisations and human rights defenders.

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Colombia: Renewed Threats against Members of MOVICE and Other Human Rights Defenders

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on December 16th, 2014, discusses the continued death threats against a number of human rights defenders, including members of Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado – MOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes).

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