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CPD47 Statement: It’s Unacceptable for Youth SRHR to be Deemed “too Controversial”

On Monday April 7th, the first day of the 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD47), YCSRR member Nur Hidayati Handayani presented the following oral statement on behalf of members of the Sexual and Reproductive Rights Youth Caucus at CPD47.


Meet a Defender: Dr Isatou Touray

Dr. Isatou Touray, co-founder and executive director of Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP), is committed to ‘knife-dropping’, or ending the brutal custom of FGM in her country.


China's detained human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui transferred to hospital

On 29 March 2014, it was reported that human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui had been transferred to a Beijing hospital nearly a month after being detained on 1 March 2014. The reason or the time of her transfer to Beijing Public Security Hospital from Fengtai District Detention Centre is unclear. 


Remembering Irene Fernandez

Front Line Defenders is saddened to learn about the death of Irene Fernandez, an inspiring human rights defender who worked for the rights of migrant workers in Malaysia.


RightingFinance delivers statement on Partnerships for Financing Sustainable Development

On April 3-4 2014 the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Financing Sustainable Development holds a consultation on the theme “Co-Creating New Partnerships for Financing Sustainable Development,” in the city of Helsinki, Finland. 


Leading NGOs urge States to reject proposals from South Africa to weaken resolution on peaceful protest

A coalition of leading non-governmental organisations has called on governments to reject proposals being made by South Africa and a group of like-minded States that would undermine a Human Rights Council resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests.


The Airlie Declaration on Safe Legal Abortion

Ipas, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the International Planned Parenthood Federation co-sponsored a meeting at the Airlie Center outside Washington, DC, from 24-25 March 2014 with political, health, and human rights leaders from more than 30 countries. The meeting resulted in a strong statement, The Airlie Declaration for Safe Legal Abortion, calling for the repeal of all criminal abortion laws and calling for universal access to safe legal abortion. 


DR Congo: No More Delays for Justice

Enact Laws to Facilitate Trials for Grave International Crimes


Turkey: Provisional releases and continued judicial harassment of 47 lawyers, one journalist, one legal secretary and two drivers

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Turkey. 


Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the outcome of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

UN Women welcomes the outcome of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The agreement represents a milestone towards a transformative global development agenda that puts the empowerment of women and girls at its centre. Member States have stressed that while the Millennium Development Goals have advanced progress in many areas, they remain unfinished business as long as gender inequality persists.



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