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IWMF announces inception of Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is honored to announce the inception of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award honoring the courage and dedication of AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

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Update: Russian Federation – Court rejects appeal on 'Foreign Agents Law' by Anti-Discrimination Centre 'Memorial'

On 8 April 2014, St Petersburg City Court upheld the decision of a lower Court obliging Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial (ADC 'Memorial') to register as a 'foreign agent'. 

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Joint Oral Statement: 47th Commission on Population & Development (CPD), 7-11 April 2014

The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), along with 50 allies and partners across Asia-Pacific and the globe, welcomes the focus on the theme Assessment of the Status of Implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development. Almost 20 years after the Cairo Agenda, achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all remains a distant dream in the Asia-Pacific region and is further aggravated by poor and uneven progress, thus affecting marginalised communities adversely.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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