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Invisible Women in Iraq

On Monday 1 September, the Human Rights Council held a special session on the human rights situation in Iraq. At the end of this session, a resolution was adopted by consensus: it condemns the human rights violations and abuses resulting from the terrorist acts committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated groups. According to this resolution, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will very soon dispatch a mission to Iraq in order to investigate violations and abuses of international human rights law committed by terrorist groups in Iraq.

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The Power These Men Have Over Us’: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by African Union Forces in Somalia

Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on their bases in Mogadishu, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Troop-contributing countries, the African Union (AU), and donors to AMISOM should urgently address these abuses and strengthen procedures inside Somalia to seek justice.

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Sexual Rights at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council

The 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council is taking place from September 8 – 26 2014. 

Visit the Sexual Rights Initiative website for more information regarding some sexual rights-related resolutions, discussions, UPR outcomes and parallel events taking place during the 27th session.

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One week to go until Global Female Condom Day!

This year on September 16th, the campaign is mobilizing partners around the world to Dance4Demand.

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Launch: Global Innovation Competition to Make All Voices Count

This year on the International Day of Democracy, Making All Voices Count, a global initiative that aims to foster and support new ideas to enable better citizen engagement and government responsiveness, will launch its second annual Global Innovation Competition (GIC).

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Health and human rights organizations call for end to unnecessary restrictions that harm women's health worldwide

Diverse coalition of 80 groups calls on Obama Administration to allow U.S. foreign assistance for abortion care.

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Bahrain: Members of European Parliament Call for the Immediate Release of Maryam Al-Khawaja

A group of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) has called for the release of Bahraini human rights defender, Maryam al-Khawaja, who is currently in detention in Manama on trumped-up charges.

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UN rights office urges Mauritanian authorities to protect threatened activist

The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Mauritania to protect prominent human rights activist Aminetou Mint El-Moctar who has become the focus of a social media campaign encouraging anyone who “kills her or tears out her eyes will be rewarded by God.”

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Egypt: Update -- Prison Prosecution Hears Statement of Defender Sanaa Seif

On 2 September 2014, the Qanater Prison prosecution office heard the statement of woman human rights defender Ms. Sanaa Seif following her starting an open hunger strike on 28 August 2014 to protest against the Protest and Public Assembly Law, which has led to the continuation of her arbitrary arrest and others. 

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WHRD-IC's Statement On WHRD Sanaa Seif In Egypt

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition has grave concerns for the wellbeing of Ms Sanaa Seif, a prominent Egyptian Woman Human Rights Defender, who began a hunger strike on 28 August 2014 to protest the Protest and Public Assembly Law. Ms Seif is currently being held in Qanater prison.

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