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Spain: Women and Girls' Rights and Lives Under Threat

The law that guarantees women and girls access to safe and legal abortion services in Spain is at risk of being significantly amended, taking the country back decades to a precarious time. There are serious concerns for their health and lives if these changes are introduced. The government must withdraw the bill immediately.


Front Line Defenders launches World Cup Campaign in Brazil and Worldwide

Front Line Defenders and Brazilian NGO partners Justiça Global and Terra de Direitos launched an online and social media campaign today to focus attention on the plight of 42 human rights defenders (HRDs) from each of the participating World Cup nations. 


Colombia: Death threat against human rights defenders Ms Ingrid Vergara Chavéz

On 3 June 2014, a death threat was received by the human rights defenders Ms Ingrid Vergara Chavéz and Mr Jeison Paba Reyes on the email account of the protection department of Movimiento Nacional de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado (Movice) – The National Movement of Victims of State Crimes, and the general email account of the Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (CPDH) – The Permanent Committee for the Defence of Human Rights. 


Colombia: WHRD Nubia Acosta and Nevis Niño Rodríguez have been threatened

On 30 May Juan Martínez, a leader of the Association of Land Workers (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo, ASOTRACAMPO), from the El Tamarindo farm, received a text message with a death threat against two human rights defenders. It read: “stop bugging us so much snitch they are going to kill you Nuvia Nevis we know everything you do” (deja de joder tanto por sapo los van a mater nuvia [sic] nevis [sic] sabemos todo lo que hacen). 


Thailand: Villagers and rights defenders at imminent risk of violence

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that threats against human rights defenders in the Khon Rak Ban Koen Group working to protect their communities from the negative effects of mining in Loei Province in Thailand are again at imminent risk of violence, under the cover of the military takeover of the country's government and administration.


Women of La Puya mine in Guatemala harassed by riot police

The Feminist Task Force has partnered with the Loretto at the UN (Loretto Community-LC) over the years, including the 2012 Women's Tribunal in Appalachia on gender and climate justice. This weekend we received word from members of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee of the LC about a serious situation at the La Puya mine (also referred to as El Tambor Mine in San Jose del Golfo) in Guatemala. 


Azerbaijan: Family of human rights defender Ms Matanat Azizova prevented from leaving the country

On 22 May 2014, Messrs Eldar Azizov and Jamal Azizov, husband and son of human rights defender Ms Matanat Azizova were prevented from leaving Azerbaijan. 


Guatemala: First hearing in the case against human rights defender Ms Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz del Cid

On 27 May 2014, the first hearing of the trial against human rights defender Ms Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz del Cid will take place in the single judge Eighth Court of Criminal, Drug Trafficking and Environmental Offences of Guatemala. 


Egypt: Two-year sentence upheld against human rights defender Ms Maheinour Al Masry

On 20 May 2014, a sentence of two years' imprisonment and a 50,000 Egyptian Pound fine (€5000) was upheld against human rights defender Ms Maheinour Al Masry by the Sidi Gaber Criminal Court in Alexandria. 


Mozambique: Protect women & girls - reject discrimination in new Penal Code

In June, Mozambique is set to enact a new penal code that could foster a culture of violence and discrimination if passed as written. While progressive revisions have been made in the proposed draft (Penal Code Review Bill) which was preliminarily approved by Parliament in December 2013, damaging provisions that would jeopardize the safety and rights of women and girls remain, including:



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