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Global Atlas of environmental conflicts launched

The Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project launched its Global Atlas of Environmental Justice http://ejatlas.org/ in March, a visually attractive and interactive online mapping platform detailing around 1000 environmental conflicts (and growing). It allows users to search and filter across 100 fields and to browse by commodity, company, country and type of conflict.

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130 organizations join forces at UN to confront Egypt's human rights crisis

As Egypt looks ahead to another presidential election, the situation of human rights in the country continues to deteriorate and the promises of social justice made after the 2011 revolution remain unfulfilled. Against this worrying backdrop, a large coalition of some 130 organizations is taking the government to task at the United Nations.

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IDEX Regional Program Director - Asia

Deadline: 18 April 2014
Location: San Francisco, CA
Organization: IDEX

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Libya’s Qur’anic Schools Getting Stronger and Radicalized

As a result of the inability of state institutions to govern and control the country, Libya’s Qur’anic schools are forced to function on their own. Many citizens are concerned that the rising number of radical teachers and preachers will have a negative impact on their children. 

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UN Women EVAW Programme Specialist Consultant

Organization: UN Women
Location: Suva, Fiji
Deadline: 14 April 2014 

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Meet a Defender: Dr Isatou Touray

Dr. Isatou Touray, co-founder and executive director of Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP), is committed to ‘knife-dropping’, or ending the brutal custom of FGM in her country.

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Syria: Woman Yara Faris, on trial for allegedly aiding displaced people

A Syrian woman, Yara Faris, was arrested by Syrian State Security officers on 8 December 2013. She is held in ‘Adra Prison, waiting to be tried by the Anti-Terrorism Court for allegedly assisting in the distribution of food and aid to displaced people.

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Sri Lanka: Ms. Balendran Jayakumari and daughter illegally detained and held without charge

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Ms. Balendran Jayakumari and her daughter Vithushaini (13) both were arrested on 13 March 2014, by officers attached to the Kilinochchi Police Station. Jayakumari has been active in the search of disappeared persons, including members of her own family for several years. 

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China: Female activist Liu Hua detained for exposing RTL

Anti-corruption activist Liu Hua, a woman who exposed abuses in China’s Re-Education Through Labour (RTL) system, has been criminally detained on the charge of “picking quarrels and making troubles”. It is widely believed that she is being punished by the authorities for appearing in a documentary that exposed the torture and other ill-treatment of the RTL system.

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