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Update: Bahrain – Human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested

On 14 October 2014, human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested during a court hearing where she was expected to face charges related to tearing up a photograph of the King of Bahrain.


Statement of The African Women’s Groups at the Fourth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa

We, the African Women Groups who gathered in the Marrakech, the city of Morocco for the fourth conference on climate change and development in Africa with the theme “Africa Can Feed Africa Now” translating climate knowledge into actions that took place from 9thto 10th October 2014, express our gratitude to the organizers of the conference for the opportunity to work together for the development of our continent with development partners, leaders and committed people from all over the world.


Egypt: International Civil Society Urges Egypt to Release Activists

The global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, urges Egypt’s authorities to end the judicial persecution of seven women human rights activists who are on trial for peacefully protesting a controversial assembly law that effectively bans public gatherings without police permission.


We're so proud! 2014 Letelier-Moffit Human Rights Award

On Tuesday, October 14, JASS (Just Associates) will accept the distinguished Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, from the Institute for Policy Studies, on behalf of the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, a collaborative effort with Consorcio OaxacaAWIDUDEFEGUALa Colectiva Feminista, and Central American Women’s Fund (FCAM), and women activists who put their lives on the line to protect and strengthen human rights in Mexico and Central America.


Iraq's Sole Yazidi Lawmaker Says 25,000 Girls Abducted By IS To Be Raped, Sold

Iraq's only ethnic Yazidi member of parliament says that the human rights situation in her country is "deteriorating," with Islamic State (IS) militants kidnapping, raping, and selling Yazidi women.


Martin Ennals Awards honour courageous human rights defenders from Mexico, China and Bangladesh

Three courageous activists have been recognised for their work to promote and protect human rights at great personal risk with the conferral of the prestigious Martin Ennals Award and Prizes at a ceremony in Geneva today.


Letter to Pope Francis following September 28th, the Day for Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin American Network of Catholics for the Right to Decide has sent the following letter to Pope Francis appealing for his compassion


Call to reject the motion on military action in Syria and Iraq goes to women MPs from 38 women's organizations

38 women’s organizations have called upon women MPs to reject the motion on military action in Iraq-Syria and to oppose the proposal to establish either a buffer zone or a security zone in the region.



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