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Institute for Peace and Democracy Statement On The Arrest of Leyla Yunus

Yesterday, on July 30, 2014 the Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD), winner of the Prize named after Teodor Hacker, Holder of the Order of the French Legion, a human rights activist Leyla Yunus at 11:45 left the house to go to a hearing on the drug trafficking situation, organized by the National Council of Democratic forces of Azerbaijan. However, as soon as she got in the car, the car was immediately attacked by three men in plainclothes who took Leyla Yunus in an unknown direction. Later it became known that she was forcibly taken away by the Office for Serious Crimes of the Prosecutor General Office of the country. 

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Azerbaijan: Update - Prominent WHRD, Leyla Yunus, Sentenced To Three Months Pre-Trial Detention

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), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Azerbaijan. 

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Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act Struck Down By Constitutional Court

Uganda’s Constitutional Court struck down the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act on Friday, giving new hope to the country’s embattled LGBT people and human rights activists.

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Senior Gender Advisor, Agriculture Value Chains in the DRC

The Senior Gender Advisor will assess gender issues in the six target sectors and develop a strategy to increase women’s economic empowerment. The Advisor will also conduct capacity building trainings and exercises for long-term program staff.

Deadline:          Open until filled

Location:          DRC

Organization:    GRI

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Women’s Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina condemns the brutal aggression by Israeli forces

Women’s Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which promotes a culture of non-violence, justice, peace and value of diversity, strongly condemns the brutal aggression by Israeli forces against the Palestinians in Gaza. We want to show solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are experiencing different types of violence on daily basis and whose lives are threatened, and to also condemn violence and discrimination. We support the contributions of all those who work on peace building and who promote respect and equal treatment of all people.

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Open letter from the Association for Middle East Women's Studies on the Humanitarian Disaster in Gaza

The Human Rights Committee of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS), an affiliate of the Middle East Studies Association, is appalled at the human rights disaster that is taking place in Gaza. 

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IM-Defensoras Statement on the Assassination of Patricia Samayoa, Guatemalan Women Human Rights Defender

The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) denounces the assassination of a woman defender in Guatemala.

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Azerbaijan: Human Rights Defender, Leyla Yunus, charged with High Treason

Leyla Yunus has been charged with “high treason (article 274), tax evasion (article 213), illegal entrepreneurship (article 192), forged documentation (article 320) and fraud (article 178.3.2)”, reports Meydan TV. She has also been given three months of pre-trial detention, according to Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova. Her husband Arif Yunus is reportedly facing two charges; state betrayal (article 274) and fraud. 

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Women's Voices: Special Issue on the Conflict in the Central African Republic

This is the first of two Special Issues of Women’s Voices dedicated to the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Women's Voices is a regular eLetter from the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice.

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Dalit women fight!

There are an estimated 260 million Dalits worldwide, born as ‘untouchables’ in a highly stratified caste system. Caste systems are found in South Asia, in communities migrated from South Asia across the globe and in other caste stratified countries in Africa and Asia. Violence and other crimes against Dalits are widespread and are often committed with impunity. Where special legislation exists to protect Dalits it severely lacks implementation.

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