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Stop Rape in Conflict Campaign member threatened in Manipur, India

The Campaign is deeply concerned by recent death threats made to Campaign member and founder of the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN) and the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI), Binalakshmi Nepram. We call for increased efforts to ensure her safety and protect other women human rights defenders in India and around the world.

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UN Secretary-General Turns His Back On Resolution 1325

Open letter from Paula Donovan & Stephen Lewis, Co-Directors of AIDS-Free World, to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the unbalanced gender representation in the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations.

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Egypt to answer to UN for deteriorating human rights conditions

On Wednesday November 5, Egypt will be come under the scrutiny of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review(UPR) mechanism. The country’s first appearance before an international human rights body since the recent presidential election comes amid increasing social deprivation and restrictions on civil society space. 

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Open Letter: Egyptian Human Rights Organizations Decide Not to Participate in Egypt's UPR Appearance

The joint press release reproduced below was issued by CESR's partners in Egypt in the light of their decision not to attend the country's appearance before the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review mechanism on Wednesday. It echoes arguments concerning civil society participation in the UPR that were previously made by CESR in an open letter to the Human Rights Council. 

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Kyrgyzstan Follows Russia Backwards on NGO Rights

Moves to curb groups seen as too "political" reflect growing influence of Moscow.

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Joint Press Release on the Verdict against Sanaa Seif, Yara Sallam and 21 Other Co-Accused in Egypt

The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa, Ms Reine Alapini-Gansou, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, Ms Faith Pansy Tlakula, of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. Michel Forst express their deep concern following the harsh sentences handed down against human rights defenders Sanaa Seif, Yara Sallam and 21 co-accused on Sunday, 26 October 2014. 

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Take Back the Tech! campaign wins ITU award for gender equality in tech

APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was globally acclaimed for its “efforts to reduce threats online and building women’s confidence and security in the use of ICTs,” winning first place in this first edition of the prize from over 360 nominations and 37 finalists from more than 70 countries under category 6. The Gender Equality Mainstreaming – Technology (GEM-Tech) Award is an annual special ITU-UN Women joint achievement award for outstanding performers and role models in gender equality and mainstreaming in the area of ICTs.

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Update: China – Human Rights Defender Liu Xizhen Reappears after 20 Days in Secret Detention and Is Placed in Criminal Detention

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on October 31st 2014, discusses the case of human rights defender Ms Liu Xizhen who was placed in criminal detention on the charge of “causing trouble”.

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Open Letter: RNDDHM Demands That the 43 Students That Disappeared from the Normal Rural De Ayotzinapa Be Returned Alive

The National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders of Mexico (RNDDHM) demands that the 43 students that disappeared from the Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa (Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers Training School) be returned alive and well with guarantees for the security of human rights defenders, students, and their families in Guerrero.

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Update: Egypt – Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif sentenced to three years' imprisonment alongside 21 others

The trial took place at the Police Institute near Tora. Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif were in pre-trial detention since their arrest on 21 June 2014. The defence team immediately appealed the verdict and the appeal hearing is scheduled to take place on 9 November 2014.

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