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Sudan: Police Beat, Arrest Female Students

Sudanese authorities should investigate reported abuses, including sexual abuse, of female Darfuri students during a government raid on an all-female dormitory. The authorities should release or charge all those remaining in detention.

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Azerbaijan: Hearing Set in Prominent Activist’s Case

A hearing on whether to extend the pretrial detention of an outspoken Azerbaijani activist is expected during the week of October 20, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Leyla Yunus, who is in ailing health, has been held since July 30 and her husband, Arif, also ailing, since August 5, both on politically motivated charges.

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Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards Go to Border Activists, Lawyer, Latina Organizers

This article, which was originally posted by The Washington Post on October 14th 2014, talks about the Letelier-Moffitt award ceremony that honored the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders - a nonprofit based in Mexico City.

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Justice for Bettina Cruz

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is calling for justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez who has been unfairly and severely prosecuted as an act of reprisal for her work as a woman human rights defender.

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Iran: Police Disperse Sit-in Staged by Nasrin Sotoudeh to Protest Persecution of Dissidents

This article, which was originally published by FIDH on October 21st 2014, discusses Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh's protest against the Iranian government’s ongoing persecution of dissident voices and the regime’s increasing control over the Iranian Bar and Judiciary.

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Joint NGO Letter to the President of the Russian Federation to Stop Clampdown on Freedom of Association

This joint NGO letter, which was originally published by Front Line Defenders on October 21st 2014, urges the President of Russia to stop the clampdown on the right to freedom of association and end reprisals against independent non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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Update: Trial of Women Human Rights Defenders Postponed for Verdict Issuance

On 11 October 2014, the Police Institute near Tora postponed the trial of the seven women human rights defenders until 16 October 2014. On October 16, 2014, a decision was made to postpone the trial for the issuance of a verdict on October 26, 2014, with the continuance of the detention of the seven women human rights defenders and other protesters. The decision to postpone was taken after the court heard the statements of lawyers defending those detained.

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Call for Wafaa Charaf liberation

We have heard about the 09/07/2014 arrest of Waafa Charaf in Tangier, Morocco. The police came to get her at her parents' home. Her crime: “not to have presented herself for the umpteenth convocation at the police station”. The convocations are part of the harassment to which she is exposed since she has complained about her abduction last April.

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RESURJ Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development

Last week, the United Nations held a “High Level Meeting” to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the groundbreaking International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo. Twenty years ago, it was groundbreaking because it amassed world leaders who committed to approaching population and development policies placing women’s health and our human rights at its center. Last week’s commemorative meeting failed to replicate this spirit and momentum, even after considerable resources were spent in countries, regionally and globally to galvanize political will and commitment to this end.

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Joint statement: Civil society calls for an end to discrimination against women in traditional leadership

On this International Day of Rural Women we, the undersigned organisations, call on African governments to end discrimination against rural women in Africa, especially in their access to traditional leadership roles and inheritance rights.

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