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UN Women unveils Beijing+20 campaign in New York City: A Year-long campaign to catalyze actions to advance gender equality

At the historic Apollo Theatre in New York on 26 June 2014, UN Women launched a year-long campaign to spark global dialogue and actions on women’s rights and gender equality. The Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it! campaign commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing which set a path-breaking agenda on women’s rights in 1995.


Egypt: Mahienour El-Massry - the latest victim of Egypt’s repressive protest law

The conviction of a human rights lawyer jailed for taking part in a peaceful protest must be overturned, said Amnesty International ahead of an appeal hearing in the case on Saturday 28 June.


Vietnam: Release of woman labour rights activist positive but scores remain behind bars

The early release of Do Thi Minh Hanh, a woman labour activist and prisoner of conscience, in Viet Nam is a positive step but authorities must now follow up and release the scores of other peaceful activists still behind bars, Amnesty International said.


Libya in shock after murder of human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis

Many Libyans are in shock following the murder of one of Libya's most prominent human rights activists, killed at her home on the day of country's general election.


The UN Human Rights Council Moves Away from Decades of Legal and Societal Progress

On 27 June, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution on the “protection of the family” which could seriously undermine not only international standards on gender equality and women’s rights, but also the right to non-discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.


CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness Statement on 1st High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

More than 200 civil society organisations (CSOs) came together as a unified community and participated constructively in the processes leading up to and during the First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in Mexico. The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) joins other development actors in recognising the consensus reached in the HLM Communiqué, but flags several bottlenecks, as well as lack of commitments and overall progress since Busan. In light of these concerns, CSOs will continue to press for further progress and, in particular, bring forward development effectiveness needs on the ground into policy discussions.


UPDATE: 7 WHRDs and others from the Ittihadia Presidential Palace Case Attend the First Court Session

On June 29, 2014, the first session of the case of the 7 women human rights defenders was conducted, among others, known as the Ittihadia Presidential Palace Case, and the judge adjourned the session by postponing it until September 13, 2014. The session was moved this morning from the Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court to the Police Institute near Tora Prison. The judge presiding over the case left the courtroom without informing the lawyers of his decision, and the lawyers were only able to confirm the judge's decision 3 hours later, which they had initially obtained from the security staff at court. 


EIPR shocked by continued detention of 23 defendants including an awarded human rights defender

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) is shocked by today's decision by the Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court to keep the organization's transitional justice officer, Yara Sallam, and 22 others behind bars, while their trial on charges of breaching the draconian protest law and other accusations including damaging property and displaying force continues. The charges relate to a peaceful protest on 21 June in the neighborhood of Heliopolis, which was forcibly dispersed by security forces aided by unknown assailants in civilian dress. 


Libya: Assassination Of Human Rights Defender Ms Salwa Bugaighis

On 26 June 2014, human rights lawyer Ms Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead inside her home in Benghazi by a group of unidentified men wearing military uniforms. 


Statement from the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition on the Arrest of Egyptian WHRDs

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) condemns the arrest of seven women human rights defenders in Cairo on 21st June 2014. 



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