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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. 


Rape and sexual slavery - Appeals Withdrawn in Katanga case

Statement of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice on the appeals withdrawn by prosecution and defence in The Prosecutor vs. Germain Katanga.


Righting Finance Initiative's Statement at the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Statement presented by Nicole Bidegain, DAWN on behalf of the Righting Finance Initiative at the 26th Session of the UN Human Right Council.


Launch of the International Campaign to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws

The International Campaign was launched in Geneva on 18 June 2014 at a side event of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council session. Equality Now, the Equal Rights Trust, Tilburg University Statelessness Programme, UNHCR, UN Women and the Women’s Refugee Commission have formed a steering committee to lead the International Campaign to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws. Organizations and agencies are invited to join the Campaign Coalition.


Nordic Forum Launches New Action for Women's Rights, Gender Equality

From 12 to 15 June 2014, almost 20,000 feminists met in Malmö (Sweden) during the Nordic Forum, to shape new strategies towards the realisation of equality between women and men, in the framework of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.


Statement on 2014 International Widows Day

Today, 23 June 2014, Widows Empowerment Trust joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Widows Day, remembering all the widows that have passed away, celebrating those who are alive as well as identifying with all those who have been victims of all forms of abuse and discrimination orchestrated to subjugate the rights and livelihood of Widows in the world in general and in Zimbabwe in particular.


Arbitrary Arrests and Detention of Women Human Rights Defenders

On 21 June 2014, seven women human rights defenders were arrested for protesting peacefully against the Protest and Public Assembly Law in Heliopolis, Cairo, after being dispersed by the police using tear gas and bird shots. 



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