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Rape and sexual slavery - Appeals Withdrawn in Katanga case

Statement of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice on the appeals withdrawn by prosecution and defence in The Prosecutor vs. Germain Katanga.

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Righting Finance Initiative's Statement at the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Statement presented by Nicole Bidegain, DAWN on behalf of the Righting Finance Initiative at the 26th Session of the UN Human Right Council.

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Launch of the International Campaign to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws

The International Campaign was launched in Geneva on 18 June 2014 at a side event of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council session. Equality Now, the Equal Rights Trust, Tilburg University Statelessness Programme, UNHCR, UN Women and the Women’s Refugee Commission have formed a steering committee to lead the International Campaign to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws. Organizations and agencies are invited to join the Campaign Coalition.

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Nordic Forum Launches New Action for Women's Rights, Gender Equality

From 12 to 15 June 2014, almost 20,000 feminists met in Malmö (Sweden) during the Nordic Forum, to shape new strategies towards the realisation of equality between women and men, in the framework of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.

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Statement on 2014 International Widows Day

Today, 23 June 2014, Widows Empowerment Trust joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Widows Day, remembering all the widows that have passed away, celebrating those who are alive as well as identifying with all those who have been victims of all forms of abuse and discrimination orchestrated to subjugate the rights and livelihood of Widows in the world in general and in Zimbabwe in particular.

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Arbitrary Arrests and Detention of Women Human Rights Defenders

On 21 June 2014, seven women human rights defenders were arrested for protesting peacefully against the Protest and Public Assembly Law in Heliopolis, Cairo, after being dispersed by the police using tear gas and bird shots. 

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Sudanese Woman condemned to death released after international pressure

Today’s release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and to flogging for ‘adultery’, is a step towards undoing the horrific injustice visited on her, said Amnesty International today. 

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Update: Colombia – Death threats against human rights defender Ms Martha Díaz and other members of MOVICE Atlántico

On 18 June 2014, a death threat was made against human rights defender Ms Martha Díaz and her colleagues, Ms Yesenia Pérez and Ms Lesly Orosco. The 'communiqué No. 19' of Rastrojos Comandos Urbanos (the Rastrojos Urban Intelligence Front), was sent to the email accounts of Asociación de Familiares Unidas por un Solo Dolor – AFUSODO (Association of Relatives United by a Single Sorrow) and Yesenia Pérez.

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Update: China – Sentencing of human rights defenders Ms Liu Ping and Mr Wei Zhongping to six years' imprisonment, and of Mr Li Sihua to three years

On 19 June 2014 human rights defenders Ms Liu Ping and Mr Wei Zhongping were sentenced to six and a half years in prison by a court in Xinyu City in Jiangxi Province.

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African Feminist Forum Working Group statement in solidarity with women human rights defenders arrested and detained in Cairo

As the African Feminist Forum Working Group we are distressed to hear that nine women human rights defenders were arrested on 21 June 2014 in Cairo after participating in a peaceful protest against the Protest and Public Assembly Law[1]. The nine women are: Yara Sallam, Sanaa Seif, Hanan Mustafa Mohamed, Salwa Mihriz, Samar Ibrahim, Rania El-Sheikh, Nahid Sherif (known as Nahid Bebo) and Fikreya Mohamed.

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