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Statement of Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition on the Arrest of Protest Leaders Calling for Return of the Abducted Schoolgirls in Nigeria

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) condemns the abduction of over 240 Nigerian schoolgirls in April and the recent abduction of at least eight more girls in May. We are also deeply concerned by the arrest of the protest leaders calling for the release of the abducted schoolgirls. The arrest is a violation of their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

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Civil Society Organisations Commend the African Commission’s Resolution Condemning Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

A coalition of organisations and human rights defenders working to advance human and peoples’ rights welcomes the adoption of a Resolution on ‘Protection Against Violence and other Human Rights Violations Against Persons on the Basis of their Real or Imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity' by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at its 55thsession held in Luanda, Angola, April 2014.

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Declaration by ROFAF on the abduction of Nigerian girls

The whole world has learned with dismay the abduction, on the evening of Monday, April 14, 2014, of more than 200 high school students aged 12 to 18 years from their boarding school in Chibok in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria by Islamist group Boko Haram. Fifty of them managed to escape their captors but others are still held. The exact number is still unclear. The police suspect the kidnapping of 276 people, while other sources suggest 257 and 180.

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International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion Statement: Safe abortion and the post-2015 agenda

The statement below "Safe abortion and the post-2015 agenda" was written following the 47thCommission on Population and Development' Outcome resolution. It should be used for advocacy for the right to safe abortion and for wide dissemination to NGOs and women's groups and to key players at national, regional and global level who are involved in developing the ICPD Beyond 20 and the post-2015 agenda and the sustainability development goals.  

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada Supports the Report Recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) welcomes the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya. This report highlights the ongoing human rights concerns of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and provides recommendations for improvements that are required in existing government laws and policies. NWAC calls for the Canadian government to implement these recommendations in partnership with Aboriginal peoples and organizations.

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World's largest LGBTI solidarity event, International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia to take place in over 120 countries on 17 May 2014

Three days from now, in over 120 countries, 1,000 unique events organized by LGBTI activists will take place throughout the globe to commemorate the 9th annual International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT). The Day will mark a significant advance in the global rights of gender and sexual minorities, as the collective agency of activists grows ever more evident, even while 40% of the world’s population still lives in a country that criminalizes same-sex relationships.

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Statement by NETRIGHT on the Abduction of Nigerian School Girls

We, members of the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) wish to express our shock and horror at the abduction of over 200 school girls from the Government Girls Secondary School at Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria, which took place on Monday April 14, 2014. 

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Uganda takes a giant leap backwards in the global struggle against HIV & AIDS

The International Community of Women Living with HIV condemns the passage of the HIV Prevention and AIDS Control Bill 2010 by the Uganda 9th Parliament. The Bill endangers the lives of Ugandan women living with HIV and undermines Uganda’s already backsliding response to HIV.

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New campaign to end stigma towards sexual and reproductive health and rights

A new global campaign launched by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) on 13 May 2014 is throwing down the gauntlet to world leaders to support people’s basic sexual and reproductive rights – so people can decide what happens to their bodies, who they live with and whether or not they become pregnant.

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NGO Letter to Spanish Justice Minister on Abortion Bill

letter sent to Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón by six national and international groups on 9 May 2014 calling on the Spanish government to protect women’s access to safe and legal abortion by scrapping draft legislation that would ban abortion with only severely limited exceptions.

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