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HRDs Among Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Thinkers of 2014

In its publication - A World Disrupted: Leading Global Thinkers of 2014Foreign Policy magazine listed a number of human rights defenders in the Advocates section

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Tajikistan: Drop Draft Legislation Restricting NGO Access to Funding

This statement signed by various civil society organizations, and originally published by FIDH on November 25th, 2014, highlights the concern at the recent initiative by the government of Tajikistan to regulate and restrict access of NGOs to financial assistance. 

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Syria: No Word on Four Abducted Activists; A Year on, No Information on Douma Four

This statement signed by 57 international and regional rights organizations, and originally posted by Front Line Defenders on December 9th, 2014, discusses the cases of the prominent Syrian human rights defenders Razan Zaitouneh, Samira Khalil, Wa’el Hamada and Nazem Hamadi - the Douma Four - who remain missing a year after their abduction.

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The world is not a commodity! And neither are women!

The World March of Women at the People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice: against the commodification of life, for the defense of common goods! We will keep fighting against green capitalism and strengthening women’s alternatives!

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Call to 4th World March of Women International Action

In 2015, we, the activists of the World March of Women, from every continent on the planet, will raise our voices between March 8 and October 17, to declare, loud and strong: “We will be on the march until women are all free!” We will be on the march until all women are free from the oppression engendered by the capitalist, colonialist, patriarchal system. Free from efforts to grab our land, our seeds and our natural resources. Free from the criminalization of our social struggles. Free from the violence that is on the rise due to increased armed conflicts and unconventional warfare conducted by fundamentalist groups, private armies, mafias and organized crime.

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Holistic Protection for #WHRDs

We are commemorating Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) who are no longer with us during the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign”. The goals of the commemoration are: to honor WHRDs and their work; to raise awareness regarding the increased levels of violence and repression faced by many women's rights activists around the world; and to draw attention to the need to politicize and support self-care, as well as the need to increase integral protection and safety for WHRDS. This year we are putting particular emphasis on the need for integral protection. Please find below a set of graphics that share key components of integral protection for WHRDs. Join us in sharing these graphics and bringing attention to the need to provide integral protection for WHRDs these 16 Days and every day! 

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ICC Judges uphold conviction of Lubanga: The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

Today, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its first ever appeal judgment in the case against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo (Lubanga). The Appeals Chamber upheld, by majority, Lubanga’s conviction and 14 year sentence for the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities from 1 September 2002 to 13 August 2003. The Court’s first case lasted almost nine years, and the trial involved 204 days of hearings, two stays of proceedings, an adjournment, 67 witnesses, 1,373 items of evidence and the participation of 129 victims.

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ILGA statement on 2014 World AIDS Day

On 1 December, World AIDS Day 2014, we at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) remember those we have lost to AIDS related illnesses, celebrate the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS, and pledge to continue the work necessary to stop this deadly disease.

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Egypt: "Qanun Nashaz" Campaign Addresses Legal Issues Which Legitimize Violence against Women

As Part of the Events of the 16-Day Campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women Nazra For Feminist Studies & The Center For Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA) Launch “Qanun Nashaz” For The Elimination Of Legalized Violence Against Women.

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