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Azerbaijan: Call for an immediate end to crackdown against human rights defenders

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), strongly condemns the intensifying crackdown against human rights defenders in Azerbaijan.


General Statement on the elimination of violence against women in North Africa and the Middle East

We, members of women’s and human rights organisations in Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Egypt, who attended the regional seminar on good practices for fighting violence against women, held in Tunis on 9 and 10 December 2014, at the initiative of the Association tunisienne des femmes démocrates (ATFD), the Association Beity, FIDH and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), at the close of the international campaign “16 days of activism to end violence towards women” and the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


FIDH celebrates the 35th anniversary of the CEDAW Convention

To mark the 35th anniversary of the adoption of the international Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), on 18 December 2014, FIDH launches a series of original and creative tools designed by students at the Paris School of Decorative Art. Today, this universal instrument, which has already contributed to enormous gains for women’s rights across the world, remains as relevant as ever.


Update: Vietnam – Court upholds imprisonment of Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang and two other protesters

On 12 December 2014, the Dong Thap Appellate Court in Vietnam upheld the previous sentence handed down to human rights defender Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang and two other protesters Mr Nguyen Van Minh and Ms Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, who were imprisoned on charges of “causing public disorder” under Article 245 of the Vietnamese Criminal Code.


A Statement calling for the Protection of Palestinian Women from all Forms of Violence

Today marks the last day of the Global Campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence”. It is also marks the globally celebrated Human Rights Day. The Israeli occupation however continues to practice constant violations of Human Rights, as are codified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Human Rights Instruments, and International Humanitarian Laws, through its killings, assassinations, arrest, land confiscations, Judaization policies in Jerusalem which threaten the rights of Palestinian Muslims and Christians, and the ongoing siege on the Gaza Strip.


Statement by the Women Dynamics of the World Social Forum

Sixty six years passed on the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but nevertheless the world is still witnessing continuous violations of human rights, especially women's rights. As all forms of discrimination continue in the most egregious ways and ugliest manifestations where women are vulnerable to methods of violence and exploitation as an unjust result of patriarchal culture, economic and social options -ferocious neoliberalism and globalization. 


IM-Defensoras Statement: For Organizations and Social Movements Free of Violence against Women Human Rights Defenders

In this statement, 130 organizations from around the world pledge to unite their voices and join efforts to eradicate all forms of discrimination and violence against women within their organizations and movements.


Intensifying the European Union's Support to Human Rights Defenders: Civil Society Proposals for the New EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy

This statement, originally published by the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) on December 16th, 2014, discusses how the action points of the European Union (EU) Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy which was implemented in 2012, should be rolled over to the future Action Plan to ensure continuity in commitment and actions undertaken by the EU and member states as support to HRDs is intensified.  


Why tackle the links between illicit capital flows, tax policies and gender justice?

Statement prepared by feminists and allies at the Financial Transparency Coalition and Latindadd Conference “Hidden Money, Hidden Resources: Financing Development with Transparency” Lima, 14 – 15 October 2014.



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