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Open letter from the Association for Middle East Women's Studies on the Humanitarian Disaster in Gaza

The Human Rights Committee of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS), an affiliate of the Middle East Studies Association, is appalled at the human rights disaster that is taking place in Gaza. 

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IM-Defensoras Statement on the Assassination of Patricia Samayoa, Guatemalan Women Human Rights Defender

The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) denounces the assassination of a woman defender in Guatemala.

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Update: Russian Federation – Travel ban on Tatiana Kotlyar lifted and the order for her psychiatric assessment annulled

On 24 July 2014, human rights defender Ms Tatiana Kotlyar received a notification from Russian authorities stating that the head of the Investigative Committee in the city of Obninsk had annulled the investigator's order for her psychiatric assessment on 7 July 2014. 

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Transgender Group in Kenya Wins Historic Court Battle

In a historic court battle lasting three years, Urgent Action Fund–Africa (UAF–Africa) grantee, Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) has been handed a landmark victory in Kenya’s high court. After being denied the right to register as an NGO, the organisation working for transgender rights sued the Kenyan NGO Co-ordination board for discrimination and violation of their fundamental human rights. 

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Update: Cambodia National Rescue Party Politician Mu Sochua Released from Detention

Vital Voices Global Partnership is encouraged by the release of network member Mu Sochua and seven other Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) politicians. 

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Cambodian Civil Rights Leader Freed - Did Network Effect Help Her Cause?

Mu Sochua’s arrest by Cambodian authorities on charges of insurrection was hardly the biggest international news headline in a week of war, death and destruction on front pages and throughout news feeds. 

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World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

A new statement provided to the World Bank highlights the serious concerns indigenous peoples have regarding the World Bank’s proposed (leaked) new standards for projects impacting on indigenous peoples, and specifically a shocking new ‘opt-out’ clause.

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The Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development condemns incitment and calls for immediate protection of Palestinian women

In light of recent events, the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) condemns incitement by Israeli academics and politicians, and calls for special protection of women in Palestine. On July 21st, 2014, Mordechai Kedar, a professor at Bar-Illan University publicly stated on a Hebrew Radio Show that the rape of mothers and wives of Palestinian fighters would be a feasible method to deter future attacks. Israeli Minister in Parliament Ayelet Shaked has also stated that Palestinian mothers should be killed amidst the ongoing aggressions against Gaza this month. 

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Egypt: New measures to further obstruct NGOs’ work

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), express their deepest concern over the Egyptian government’s latest measures to hamper the exercise of freedom of association by non-governmental organisations (NGOs). 

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Update: Colombia – Further death threats and attempted attack against land rights defenders Yomaira Mendoza and Enrique Cabezas

On 24 July 2014, family members of Ms Yomaira Mendoza and Mr Enrique Cabezas received death threats via SMS. Later that night, two unknown men attempted to attack the human rights defenders. 

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