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UN Office of the High Commissioner Urges Mauritanian Authorities to Protect WHRD Aminetou Mint El-Moctar

The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Mauritania to protect prominent human rights activist Aminetou Mint El-Moctar who has become the focus of a social media campaign encouraging anyone who “kills her or tears out her eyes will be rewarded by God.”


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. 


Sexual Rights at the 26th Session of UN Human Rights Council

The 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council will take place from June 10 – 27 2014. Below is Information regarding sexual rights-related resolutions, discussions, UPR outcomes and parallel events taking place during the 26thsession. The full programme of work for the session can be accessed here.


Anti-LGBT Ugandan Lawmaker Becomes New UN General Assembly President

Sam Kutesa, the Foreign Minister of Uganda, begins his tenure this week as president of the United Nations General Assembly, just four months after that country enacted the widely denounced Anti-Homosexuality Act.


Mauritania: Human rights group condemns 'fatwa' against rights activist

Human rights organizations in Mauritania have condemned the ''fatwa'' issued against one of their members, Aminetou Mint Moctar.


Moremi Initiative Announces 2014 MILEAD Fellows - Africa’s Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders

Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa proudly announces the 2014 MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership and Empowerment Development) Fellows. The 28 selected MILEAD Fellows represent Africa’s most promising young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of Africa. 


Will post-2015 development proposals meet the Human Rights Litmus Test?

As UN member states begin negotiations on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), CESR and its allies have called for all proposals to be subjected to a 'Human Rights Litmus Test'


Joint statement concerning recent sexual assaults and gang rapes in Tahrir Square

The mob sexual assaults and gang rapes in Tahrir Square during the celebrations of the inauguration of the new Egyptian president is sufficient proof for the inefficiency of the recent legal amendments to combat these crimes.


Canada - Propoposed legislation will harm sex workers and communities: Statement by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

We are profoundly disappointed that the federal government has decided to reject reason and evidence in moving forward with proposed legislation that replicates — and is even worse than — the failed “Nordic” model for sex work. 


Pacific Partnerships to Strengthen Gender, Climate Change Response and Sustainable Development

An innovative Pacific regional meeting to be held from 9 to 13 June 2014 in Nadi, Fiji, aims to advance the region’s interests in global United Nations bodies in key areas such as gender equality and climate change.



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