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UNFPA & IPPF joint statement in response to the tragic deaths and injuries sustained by women undergoing sterilization in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and Tewodros Melesse, Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), today issued a joint statement about the tragic deaths and injuries sustained by women undergoing surgical contraception in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

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Botswana: UN And African Human Rights Experts Hail Key Ruling Recognising An LGBT Organisation

United Nations and African independent human rights experts today hailed a key judgment by the High Court of Botswana asserting that the organisation ‘Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana’ (LEGABIBO) should be legally registered as a society by the authorities.

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Registration for the 2015 World Social Forum is now open!

The 2015 World Social Forum (WSF) will be held in Tunis, Tunisia, from 24 to 28 March. Tunis 2015 will have an "extended" form to allow the broadest participation of people and organizations who feel part of the WSF process, wherever they are on the planet.

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Statement On Sterilsation deaths in Chattisgarh

The Sama Resource Group for Women and Health, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan,  Commonhealth and National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights are shocked at the death of 11 women and the critical condition of 50 other women due to the callous negligence of the Health Department, Government of Chhattisgarh. 

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UN Human Rights Committee Confronts Violations against Haitian Women and LGBT Persons

Following a review of the Haitian government’s human rights record, the UN Human Rights Committee has released its Concluding Observations. 

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Sri Lanka: High Commissioner condemns attacks against human rights defenders

The article, originally published by ISHR on November 7, 2014, announces that UN High Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has denounced the systematic intimidation of human rights defenders and other individuals in Sri Lanka in connection with their cooperation with and testimony to UN investigators.

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Mali: Complaint Filed on Behalf of 80 Victims of Rape and Sexual Violence during the Occupation of Northern Mali

This article, originally published by FIDH on November 12, 2014, talks about how 5 organization have filed a complaint for submission to the most senior examining magistrate of the Bamako Commune III Court of First Instance, for crimes against humanity and war crimes on behalf of 80 women and girls, for rape and sexual violence committed during the period that armed groups occupied northern Mali in 2012 and 2013. 

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Iran: Ms. Nargess Mohammadi at Risk of Arrest

This press release, originally published by FIDH on November 7, 2014, discusses the case of Ms. Nargess Mohammadi, Spokesperson and Vice-President of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre, who has been summoned to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office.

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Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award Goes to Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on November 10, 2014, announces that the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) awarded the 2014 Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award to political prisoners in Azerbaijan. The prestigious award, generally made to an individual rights activist or organisation, has been been dedicated this year to all political prisoners of Azerbaijan, which the NHC noted were, sadly, "too numerous to all be mentioned." 

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Amid Crackdown, UN Calls on Egypt to Protect Civil Society Space

The UN calls on Egypt to guarantee an environment conducive to the work of human rights defenders and civil society organizations.  The calls came amid legislative and administrative measures that are clamping down on voices of dissent. In particular, the government’s ultimatum that NGOs register under the repressive Law 84/2002, a deadline which expired on Monday, was raised repeatedly. 

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