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IACHR Urges States to Respect and Guarantee Human Rights of Rural Women

The celebration of the International Day of Rural Women, October 15, presents to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) the opportunity to remind Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) the importance of ensuring the full exercise of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of rural women.

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Equal Rights Trust Urges President of the Gambia Not to Sign Homophobic Bill

The Equal Rights Trust has today written to the President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, urging him not to sign the Criminal Code (Amendment) Bill 2014 which includes a provision criminalising “aggravated homosexuality” and punishing it with life imprisonment.

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Egypt: Release human rights defenders and peaceful protesters immediately and unconditionally

The International Service for Human Rights strongly condemns the conviction of Egyptian activists and other individuals on 26 October on charges of breaching a draconian anti-protest law and other baseless accusations.

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EIPR Shocked by Verdict Against Human Rights Defender, Yara Sallam

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights is shocked and outraged by the sentence against its transitional justice officer, Yara Sallam, and 22 of her co-defendants to three years in prison for allegedly participating in a political march. 

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Open Letter by Dinara Yunus to the French President François Hollande on the Occasion of President Ilham Aliyev's Official Visit

In this open letter written by Dinara Yunus, originally published by FIDH on October 27th 2014, she urges French president François Hollande to request that President Ilham Aliyev release her parents.

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Leyla Yunus Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition announces that Azerbaijani woman human rights defender Leyla Yunus has been nominated   for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.       

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Update: Verdict Issued against Women Human Rights Defenders include 3 Years' Imprisonment, 3 Years' Monitoring and a Fine of EGP 10000 (USD1398.60)

On 26 October 2014, the verdict of the case known as the Ittihadia Presidential Palace was issued at the Police Institute near Tora, where the seven women human rights defenders along with other protesters were sentenced to 3 years' imprisonment, in addition to 3 years' monitoring and a fine of EGP 10,000 (USD 1398.60).

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Sudan: Police Beat, Arrest Female Students

Sudanese authorities should investigate reported abuses, including sexual abuse, of female Darfuri students during a government raid on an all-female dormitory. The authorities should release or charge all those remaining in detention.

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Azerbaijan: Hearing Set in Prominent Activist’s Case

A hearing on whether to extend the pretrial detention of an outspoken Azerbaijani activist is expected during the week of October 20, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Leyla Yunus, who is in ailing health, has been held since July 30 and her husband, Arif, also ailing, since August 5, both on politically motivated charges.

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Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards Go to Border Activists, Lawyer, Latina Organizers

This article, which was originally posted by The Washington Post on October 14th 2014, talks about the Letelier-Moffitt award ceremony that honored the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders - a nonprofit based in Mexico City.

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