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Azerbaijan: Detention of Human Rights Defenders Ms Leyla Yunus and Mr Arif Yunus

On 30 July 2014, Ms Leyla Yunus, Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, was arrested before being interrogated for approximately six hours in the Serious Crimes Investigation Department of the General Prosecutor's Office.


Russian Federation: Leading Human Rights Organisations Registered As 'Foreign Agents'

On 21 July 2014, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered five prominent Russian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on the 'Foreign Agents' list.


Turkey: Call on Parliament to hold an emergency meeting to address rampant femicide

We hereby call upon international feminist and LGBTI organizations and individuals to support women's movements in Turkey in our demand that the Parliament of Turkey hold an emergency meeting to address the rampant killing of women throughout the country.


DRC: Abduction of two women human rights defenders, Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angélique Navura

On 17 July 2014, two women human rights defenders Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angelica Navura, who were released after being abducted for four days by an armed group in eastern DRC, were released following intense negotiations with the leader of the group in question.


Brazil: WHRD Eloisa Samy arrested amidst violent police repression of protests in Rio de Janeiro

On 12 July 2014, human rights defender Ms Eloisa Samy was arrested during raids carried out by the civil police force, when 19 protesters were arrested and police invaded the homes of protesters and human rights defenders. 


Urgent call for action - Union of Palestinian Women's Committees

The Union of Palestinian Women's Committees as one of the active women organizations in Palestine is calling for urgent actions around the world to stop the massacres and the massive military violence against our people. 


We demand justice for the murder of Salwa Bugaighis!

In shock and with great grief we have received the news of the murder of Libyan lawyer, politician and human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis, on June 25 2014. She was brutally killed by five unidentified men who entered her own home in Benghazi.


Mynamar: APWLD condemns attacks and threats against women human rights defenders targeted for opposing the Interfaith Marriage Bill

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) supports our members, women human rights defenders and allied movements defending women’s rights in Burma / Myanmar and consequently opposing the Interfaith Marriage Bill[1]


Egypt: Send Your Support To Yara Sallam And Other Imprisoned Human Rights Defenders

On June 29 a court met in the Police Institute at Tora on the margins of Cairo– “a security fortress, managed by the Ministry of Interior,” next to Tora prison where tens or hundreds of thousands of dissidents have been held and tortured over the years.



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