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Over 300 Global Organizations Call for Immediate Release of Seven Imprisoned Women Human Rights Defenders in Egypt

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In the lead-up to the  11th October trial (postponed to 16th and then to 26th October 2014) of seven Egyptian women human rights defenders (WHRDs), who have been detained since June 21, 2014 on charges of violating Egypt’s strict Protest and Public Assembly Law, over 300 women’s and human rights organizations representing nearly 70 countries issued a statement demanding their immediate release.

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Honduras: Break-in at the Offices of LGBTI Organisation APUVIMEH

On 29 September 2014, a group of unidentified persons broke into the offices of the Asociación para una Vida Mejor (Association for a better life – APUVIMEH), located in the capital city, Tegucigalpa.

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China: Disappearance of Human Rights Defender Ms Liu Xizhen

As of the 3 October 2014 the whereabouts of human rights defender Ms Liu Xizhen are unknown. 

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Kyrgyz Parliamentary Committee Backs Draft Antigay Bill

A parliamentary committee in Kyrgyzstan on October 7 approved the language of draft legislation that would ban what it calls gay "propaganda."

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Budget Assistant

The Center seeks a Budget Assistant who will support and report to the Director of Budget and Reporting (DBR) in the Finance Department. Providing administrative support to the DBR including scheduling meetings, maintaining files and calendar.

Deadline:          November 3, 2014

Location:          New York, NY

Organization:    Center for Reproductive Rights

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Call for donations to the CIVICUS Crisis Response Fund

CIVICUS' Crisis Response Fund  ensures that we are able to act when an urgent and decisive action is needed to prevent the further escalation of any threats to civil society. When you donate to the Fund, you become an advocate civil society.

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A Reader Writes (Sept. / Oct. 2014): Myanmar's Draft Bills Will Foster A Nation of One Religion and One Ethnicity

Each issue, we chat with readers of Facing Fundamentalisms and share a brief summary of events relating to the use of religion, tradition, culture to perpetuate human rights violations. (If you would like to be featured in this space, please write to us at cf@awid.org!)

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Spotlight (Sept. / Oct. 2014): Women’s Rights Activists Resist Myanmar’s Proposed ‘Law on Protection of Race and Religion’

Last March, Myanmar’s President established a committee to draft laws aimed at protecting ‘national race and religion’. An alliance of influential Buddhist monks - from the religious nationalist movements 969 and the Association of Protection of Race and Religion (Mabatha)[i]- lobbied for the enactment of the laws via a petition that was eventually signed by approximately 4 million people.

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Thailand: Community-Based Human Rights Defenders at Risk of Violence and Eviction by Local Law Enforcement and Paramilitary

A group of eight men urged the inhabitants of the village of Khlong Sai Pattana to leave the area within seven days.

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Azerbaijani Journalist Fears Arrest As Part Of Continuing Crackdown

An Azerbaijani investigative journalist has been told that she faces arrest upon her return to Baku from a trip to meet with members of the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg.

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