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Nobel Women: Release human rights activist Leyla Yunus

The Nobel Women’s Initiative calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to release human rights defenders Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus. Leyla is the founding director of the Peace and Democracy Institute in Baku and a friend of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. The activists have been detained now for over two weeks. 

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Update: Israel – Court rejects request to release human rights defender Ms Shireen Essawi

On 7 August 2014, the Israeli High Court of Justice rejected the request of Ms Shireen Essawi's lawyer for her release.

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Morocco: Activists Jailed for Reporting Torture Must Be Released Immediately

Two activists recently imprisoned after they reported they had been abducted and tortured must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said.

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Egypt's Proposed Law Subordinates NGOs to Security and Ministry Control

The undersigned rights organizations express their deep concern regarding the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s latest draft of the bill regulating non-governmental organizations, and declare it a flagrant breach of the constitution and Egypt’s international obligations. The law, if adopted, will criminalize the operation of NGOs and subordinate them to the security establishment, shutting down the public sphere in Egypt to all but regime supporters. The undersigned organizations demand that the president reject this and any other law that contravenes the constitution and Egypt’s international obligations.

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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