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Open Letter: Egyptian Human Rights Organizations Decide Not to Participate in Egypt's UPR Appearance

The joint press release reproduced below was issued by CESR's partners in Egypt in the light of their decision not to attend the country's appearance before the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review mechanism on Wednesday. It echoes arguments concerning civil society participation in the UPR that were previously made by CESR in an open letter to the Human Rights Council. 


Kyrgyzstan Follows Russia Backwards on NGO Rights

Moves to curb groups seen as too "political" reflect growing influence of Moscow.


Joint Press Release on the Verdict against Sanaa Seif, Yara Sallam and 21 Other Co-Accused in Egypt

The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa, Ms Reine Alapini-Gansou, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, Ms Faith Pansy Tlakula, of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. Michel Forst express their deep concern following the harsh sentences handed down against human rights defenders Sanaa Seif, Yara Sallam and 21 co-accused on Sunday, 26 October 2014. 


Take Back the Tech! campaign wins ITU award for gender equality in tech

APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was globally acclaimed for its “efforts to reduce threats online and building women’s confidence and security in the use of ICTs,” winning first place in this first edition of the prize from over 360 nominations and 37 finalists from more than 70 countries under category 6. The Gender Equality Mainstreaming – Technology (GEM-Tech) Award is an annual special ITU-UN Women joint achievement award for outstanding performers and role models in gender equality and mainstreaming in the area of ICTs.


Update: China – Human Rights Defender Liu Xizhen Reappears after 20 Days in Secret Detention and Is Placed in Criminal Detention

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on October 31st 2014, discusses the case of human rights defender Ms Liu Xizhen who was placed in criminal detention on the charge of “causing trouble”.


Open Letter: RNDDHM Demands That the 43 Students That Disappeared from the Normal Rural De Ayotzinapa Be Returned Alive

The National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders of Mexico (RNDDHM) demands that the 43 students that disappeared from the Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa (Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers Training School) be returned alive and well with guarantees for the security of human rights defenders, students, and their families in Guerrero.


Update: Egypt – Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif sentenced to three years' imprisonment alongside 21 others

The trial took place at the Police Institute near Tora. Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif were in pre-trial detention since their arrest on 21 June 2014. The defence team immediately appealed the verdict and the appeal hearing is scheduled to take place on 9 November 2014.


Solidarity with WHRDs in the Philippines

From 16 - 19 October, the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition participated in an international solidarity mission in two regions of the Philippines to investigate the forced acquisition of farmers’ land and the ongoing impacts.


Belo Sun Mining: No! Indigenous Women Join Collective Action to Stop Mining Company Threat to Amazon Communities in Brazil

This article, originally published by Amazon Watch on September 23rd 2014, discusses their efforts to join a global coalition of organizations which aim to launch a campaign in defense of indigenous and traditional communities threatened by the Canadian mining company Belo Sun.


Update: Azerbaijan – Court Extends Pre-Trial Detention for Prominent Human Rights Defenders

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on October 29th 2014, talks about how the Nasimi District Court in Baku ruled to extend the pre-trial detention of prominent human rights defenders Ms Leyla Yunus and Mr Intigam Aliev, until 28 February 2015 and 8 February 2015 respectively. 



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