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Updates on worldwide events and preparations for IDAHOT

With less than 2 weeks to go before the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), here you will find a dedication to World Press Freedom Day, as well as suggestions for getting your actions heard online on May 17. An update on events planned for the Day is also included, as well as a note of respect to the many activists taking silent or anonymous actions - or who are unable to take action - for May 17, 2014.


Elena Ryabinina – Inspiring Human Rights Defender Passed Away Last Week

Elena Ryabinina, a much admired Russian human rights defender (HRD), passed away on 4 May 2014 in Moscow, aged 59. She died after a long battle with cancer.


Joint statement on the abduction of school girls in Borno State, Nigeria

Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui. 


Nigeria: Bring back the abducted school girls of Chibok

If we forget about these girls it means we are forgetting our own sisters, our own people."- Malala Yousafzai[1]


"Keep it open, baby": Building principles for a feminist internet

APC held a global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in Malaysia between 12 and 17 April, to explore and develop the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like.


Women Weave the Web campaign launches phase 2 on digital literacy

Throughout phase 1 on digital access, the World Pulse community blew us away with incredible stories of women championing access to the internet and driving home the need for a free, open and universal web. World Pulse has shared their recommendations on women’s digital access at conferences and forums around the world such as RightsCon, Social Media Week and the Alliance for Affordable Internet’s Nigeria Forum.


Three Human Right Defenders Selected as Final Nominees for the Martin Ennals Award 2014

This award is selected by the International Human Rights Community (See Jury Below) and given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. The aim of the award is to highlight their work and protect them through increased visibility.


Speak Up and Speak Out: Protecting Freedom of Expression for LGBT People

Each year on 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO-T) is an opportunity to celebrate progress made and highlight challenges that still remain in securing fundamental human rights for LBGT people and those who speak out about issues affecting them.


China: Update - Female Activist Liu Hua Released

Anti-corruption activist Liu Hua was released from detention on 17 April. She was criminally detained for 37 days as a result of her work exposing abuses in China’s Re- Education Through Labour (RTL) system. 



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