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Joint Letter Addressing the Situation of Human Rights in Egypt at the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

A joint letter by nearly a dozen international human rights groups has called on United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to address the “deteriorating human rights situation” in Egypt.

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Declaration by the Mesoamerican Initiative for WHRDs on the Human Rights Violations against Activists from La Puya, Guatemala

On May 23, 2014, a mass of riot police attacked the "La Puya" peaceful protest group outside of the "El Tambor" mine in Guatemala, seriously injuring at least 26 women's rights and environmental activists, including Women Human Rights Defender (WHRD) Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz del Cid. IM-Defensoras and national networks of WHRDs in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador call upon authorities to protect the human rights of WHRDs and their communities.

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'From Threats to Opportunities': Business and Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights Council Side Event Friday 13 June 2014, 12.15 - 13.45 Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva 

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Update: Guatemala: Charges dismissed against human rights defender Ms Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz del Cid

On 27 May 2014, charges of “false imprisonment”, “coercion” and “threats” (including brandishing a machete) against human rights defender Ms Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz del Cid were dismissed by the Seventh Criminal Court of First Instance. 

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The ACHPR condemns the Persistence of Crimes of Sexual Violence in Africa

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has adopted two major resolutions condemning the persistence of crimes of sexual violence on the African continent. FIDH, which has for several years campaigned against these crimes, welcomes the stance of the ACHPR and calls upon the African Union (AU) member states to take the measures that are required to effectively fight this scourge.

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UN Committee Calls on El Salvador to Decriminalize Abortion

Jointly with our partners, La Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto Terapeutico, Ético y Eugenésico, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) submitted a report before the ESCR Committee denouncing El Salvador’s total abortion ban and its consequences as human rights violations before the 52nd Session of Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ESCR Committee).  Resulting from this advocacy, we are pleased to share with you the Concluding Observations that have just been issued:

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Declaration of Pachuca: “Strengthening efforts to prevent violence against women”

During the closing session of the Hemispheric Forum Belém do Pará +20: "Prevention of violence against women: Good practices and proposals for the future", the Pachuca Declaration: “Strengthening efforts to prevent violence against women " was adopted. The Declaration is based on proposals and recommendations on how to effectively prevent violence against women.

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Call for Funding Proposals: Invitation from Mama Cash to women's land and resource rights groups

Mama Cash accepts proposals for funding from women’s rights groups that work on natural resource rights, and/or on issues of land, property and inheritance rights. Mama Cash alsowelcomes applications of groups of girls and trans people in line with our selection criteria.Proposals must be received by 1 July 2014.

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YCSRR Launches Post-2015 Brief for International Day of Action for Women’s Health

Marking the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, this May 28th, the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) joins women’s rights activists around the world by calling upon governments and the international community to ensure a holistic, inclusive and human rights-based approach to women and girls’ health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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Launch of New Female Condom Portal on International Day of Action for Women's Health

The Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme (UAFC) launches - www.FCMi.org (Female Condom Market Intelligence) – the first online platform to share information related to the procurement and supply of female condoms. The site is going live today, 28 May 2014, the International Day of Action for Women's Health.

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