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IDWF: A Domestic Workers’ Federation is Born!

The International Domestic Workers’ Network has transformed itself into the first global union organization run by women: the International Domestic Workers' Federation (IDWF).

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Eliminating forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary sterilization

An interagency statement by OHCHR, UN Women, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO

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ABIA disseminates a statement repudiating police action against sex workers in Niterói (Rio de Janeiro)

The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association vehemently repudiates the grave human rights violations committed on May 23rd by civil police against more than 200 sex workers and residents in a building in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro.  Sex workers reported that during the invasion, conducted by police without a warrant, violations including robbery, assault, and rape occurred, configuring an overwhelming abuse of power by the police force.

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Online Course: "Security and Protection Management for Human Rights Defenders and Social Organisations"

Designed for: NGOs, social organisations and individuals.
Duration: 60 hours over  12 weeks (approximately 5 hours per week)
Online Distance learning course (using Moodle)
Hosted by PI training staff (protection experts with extensive training experience in many countries).

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Joint Letter Addressing the Situation of Human Rights in Egypt at the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

A joint letter by nearly a dozen international human rights groups has called on United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to address the “deteriorating human rights situation” in Egypt.

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Declaration by the Mesoamerican Initiative for WHRDs on the Human Rights Violations against Activists from La Puya, Guatemala

On May 23, 2014, a mass of riot police attacked the "La Puya" peaceful protest group outside of the "El Tambor" mine in Guatemala, seriously injuring at least 26 women's rights and environmental activists, including Women Human Rights Defender (WHRD) Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz del Cid. IM-Defensoras and national networks of WHRDs in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador call upon authorities to protect the human rights of WHRDs and their communities.

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'From Threats to Opportunities': Business and Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights Council Side Event Friday 13 June 2014, 12.15 - 13.45 Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva 

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Update: Guatemala: Charges dismissed against human rights defender Ms Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz del Cid

On 27 May 2014, charges of “false imprisonment”, “coercion” and “threats” (including brandishing a machete) against human rights defender Ms Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz del Cid were dismissed by the Seventh Criminal Court of First Instance. 

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The ACHPR condemns the Persistence of Crimes of Sexual Violence in Africa

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has adopted two major resolutions condemning the persistence of crimes of sexual violence on the African continent. FIDH, which has for several years campaigned against these crimes, welcomes the stance of the ACHPR and calls upon the African Union (AU) member states to take the measures that are required to effectively fight this scourge.

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UN Committee Calls on El Salvador to Decriminalize Abortion

Jointly with our partners, La Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto Terapeutico, Ético y Eugenésico, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) submitted a report before the ESCR Committee denouncing El Salvador’s total abortion ban and its consequences as human rights violations before the 52nd Session of Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ESCR Committee).  Resulting from this advocacy, we are pleased to share with you the Concluding Observations that have just been issued:

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