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El Salvador: Ongoing Smear Campaign and Threats Targeting Human Rights Defenders

Since 10 August 2014, several human rights defenders have been threatened and targeted by media groups in El Salvador. 

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Palestine: Over 2000 Organizations and Individuals Support Khalida Jarrar, Demand Overturn of Expulsion Order‏

Over 2000 (updated August 28) organizations and individuals from around the world expressed their support for Palestinian political leader and parliamentarian, Khalida Jarrar, in a public statement on August 26 from the Khalida Jarrar Solidarity Campaign

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Bahrain: Human Rights Defender Maryam Al-Khawaja Detained

On 30 August 2014, human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja was detained upon arrival at Bahrain International Airport. She was travelling to visit Mr Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja in detention, who has been on hunger strike since 24 August 2014. 

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Russia: Two Human Rights Organisations Registered As "Foreign Agents"

On 29 August 2014, Russia's Ministry of Justice added two prominent human rights groups, the Institute for Freedom of Information and Soldiers' Mothers of Saint-Petersburg to the list of 'foreign agents', which now includes thirteen non-governmental organisations operating in the Russian Federation.

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Colombia: Threats against environmental rights defenders from Movimiento Ríos Vivos

Since January 2014, environmental human rights defenders from Movimiento Rios Vivos – MRV (Living Rivers Movement) have been facing death threats, surveillance, break-ins, smear campaigns and harassment. In 2013, two members of Movimiento Rios Vivos were murdered 

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Mauritania: Protect Human Rights Defender Aminetou Mint El-Moctar

Equality Now and the international human rights community are extremely concerned about death threats against prominent human rights defender, Ms. Aminetou Mint El-Moctar. 

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Azerbaijan: Ongoing arbitrary detention and deterioration of the health condition of Ms. Leyla Yunus

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Azerbaijan.

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Nobel Women: Release human rights activist Leyla Yunus

The Nobel Women’s Initiative calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to release human rights defenders Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus. Leyla is the founding director of the Peace and Democracy Institute in Baku and a friend of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. The activists have been detained now for over two weeks. 

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Kazakhstan: Human Rights Lawyer Ms Zinaida Mukhortova Held Under Compulsory Psychiatric Treatment

On 2 July 2014, human rights lawyer Ms Zinaida Mukhortova was detained by six unidentified individuals in plain clothes in the city of Balkhash, Kazakhstan, and transferred to Balkhash psychiatric clinic. 

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ISIS Targeting Women; International Action Needed Now

The news coming from Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) partners on the ground in Lebanon and Jordan and media outlets in Iraq and Syria is horrifying. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is terrorizing innocent civilians living in areas under their control. Women are their primary target. ISIS’s ethnic cleansing of large swaths of Iraq is quickly reaching genocidal proportions across the region.

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