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Update: China – Sentencing of human rights defenders Ms Liu Ping and Mr Wei Zhongping to six years' imprisonment, and of Mr Li Sihua to three years

On 19 June 2014 human rights defenders Ms Liu Ping and Mr Wei Zhongping were sentenced to six and a half years in prison by a court in Xinyu City in Jiangxi Province.

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African Feminist Forum Working Group statement in solidarity with women human rights defenders arrested and detained in Cairo

As the African Feminist Forum Working Group we are distressed to hear that nine women human rights defenders were arrested on 21 June 2014 in Cairo after participating in a peaceful protest against the Protest and Public Assembly Law[1]. The nine women are: Yara Sallam, Sanaa Seif, Hanan Mustafa Mohamed, Salwa Mihriz, Samar Ibrahim, Rania El-Sheikh, Nahid Sherif (known as Nahid Bebo) and Fikreya Mohamed.

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Egypt: Fabricating Charges for Peaceful Protesters and Rights Defenders Continues

Masr el-Gedeida’s Prosecution Jails Protesters and Rights Defenders for 4 Days Pending Investigations Reflecting the Superficiality of Investigations in Protests’ Cases

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On the Occupation of Mosul and the Cities of Western Iraq

The Iraqi society is suffering unprecedented crisis that threatens the future of peaceful co-existence of citizens, and augments genocides and civil conflicts based on the sectarian identities that were established on the Iraqi population, and were strengthened throughout more than a decade of the American occupation to Iraq.

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Global Summit Falls Short on Concrete Commitment to End Sexual Violence

Members of The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict express their disappointment that the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence, hosted by the UK government, ended with few tangible results that will make an immediate impact on the ground.

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Militants Sweep towards Baghdad: Women's Rights Groups Mobilize

In the past few days, militants have seized control of cities across northern Iraq, including Mosul, the country’s second largest city. Led by the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the insurgents’ rapid advance is raising fears of an all-out civil war as they move south towards Baghdad. The approach of this armed offensive is escalating sectarian tensions and the threat of violence even in areas beyond insurgents’ control.

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UN expert calls for stronger laws to fight violence against women worldwide

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, warned that persisting and new challenges still obstruct efforts to promote and protect women’s rights and gender equality, and called for the adoption of different norms and measures to fight violence against women around the world.

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Joint Statement: Women and Men Working as Partners for Peace in the Middle East and North Africa

From 27-29 May, 20 representatives of civil society organizations from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, working on Women, Peace & Security, came together for the MENA Consultation, organized by the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) and ABAAD- Resource Center for Gender Equality. After 2.5 days of informed discussion, creative thinking and joint strategizing on advancing the Women, Peace & Security agenda (WPS), the participants developed the following statement to inform future initiatives on the subject in the MENA region.

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Afghan Women’s Six Point Petition to the Front-Runners of the 2014 Presidential Election

Afghanistan is at an important juncture in its history. On April 5, Afghan women and men reaffirmed their commitment to democracy and the peaceful transfer of power through their widespread participation in the presidential election, in the hope of securing a better future for themselves and their children.

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Open Letter to the Friends of 1325: Recommendations on the Zero Draft of the Post2015 Sustainable Development Goals

On 14-18 July the General Assembly (GA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will hold its final session.  Member States must now take strong action to ensure a conflict prevention approach to development that strengthens gender equality and peace in the SDGs.

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