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Attacks on Women in Black activists in Serbia

Tuesday 8 july, activists from Women in Black were violently attacked by a large group of men in Western Serbia when they held a peaceful commemoration of the genocide in Srebrenica. The activists were on their way to Potocari in Bosnia and Herzegovina where a yearly manifestation is held to remind the world of the 1995 massacre in which more than 8 000 persons were killed. 


Statement of solidarity with the women of Iraq

The Association of Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS) would like to express its solidarity with the people of Iraq who have suffered from dictatorship, economic sanctions, an invasion and occupation, years of militarization, and a new authoritarian government. The most recent suffering by Iraqis, caused by Islamic State (IS) forces, is so far mainly affecting religious minorities. 


Coalition of feminists condemn ‘massacre’ in Gaza, urge support for BDS

Statement in Solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and with seekers of freedom and justice world-wide


Statement in defense of Stasa Zajovic, Women In Black - Belgrade, Serbia

The individuals and organizations undersigned note with concern the increasing violence against the women’s peace organisation Women in Black - Belgrade, and in particular against its founder, Stasa Zajovic, who has been targeted repeatedly in the past few months by extreme-right political groups and individuals, as well as harassed by the police and justice system in her country. 


Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act Declared Unconstitutional on Procedural Grounds

On 1 August 2014, the Constitutional Court of Uganda struck down the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 as null and void following the failure of the Parliament of Uganda to observe the constitutional quoracy requirement during the legislation’s passage. The Equal Rights Trust (ERT) has welcomed the decision of the Court which strikes from the statute book legislation which violated a number of fundamental human rights and which further entrenched the profound discrimination and gross inequality suffered by LGBT people in Uganda. 


Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Leyla Yunus, Arif Yunus, and Rasul Jafarov

We, the undersigned members and partners of the Human Rights House Network (HRHN) and the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders, call upon the Azerbaijani authorities, through you, Mr President, to immediately and unconditionally release Leyla Yunus, Arif Yunus and Rasul Jafarov, and lift all charges held against them. 


Organisation of American States Calls for Increased Protection for Human Rights Defenders

The Organisation of American States has adopted a significant resolution affirming the 'essential contribution' of human rights defenders to democracy and development, and calling on Member States to support and safeguard their work.


New Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Sets Out His Vision

Michel Forst was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in June 2014. 


A Memorial Tribute Held in Egypt for Lybian Activist Salwa Bugaighis

On July 16th, Karama, the Arab Women's Organization, and the Libyan Embassy in Egypt together held a memorial tribute for Libyan lawyer and activist Salwa Bugaighis. She was a dedicated and treasured friend, but more than that, a cherished and beloved mother, sister, and wife.


Birzeit University's Institute of Women's Studies Urgent Call to Take a Stand on Gaza

As we write this statement, 25 days after the brutal incursion on Gaza, over a thousand and four hundred of innocent civilian women, men and children have been butchered by Israel’s war machine and much more are threatened to be killed. 



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