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The post-2015 agenda won’t deliver without human rights at the core

The open letter reproduced below has been sent to Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, along with the President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa, Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, and the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning Ms Amina Mohammed, by the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus. A more detailed reflection on these issues, from CESR and AWID, the co-conveners of the Human Rights Caucus, can be downloaded in pdf format here.


Iran Must Halt Imminent Execution of 26-Year-Old Woman

Iranian authorities have today confirmed that a woman convicted of killing a man whom she said tried to sexually abuse her will be hanged tomorrow morning at a prison west of Tehran, Amnesty International said.


Update: Tunisia – Court Fines Human Rights Defender Ms Héla Boujneh

On 22 September 2014, Ms Héla Boujneh was fined approximately €2 for “disturbing public tranquillity” by the First Instance Court in Sousse.


Agenda - Resource Mobilization Hub for Indigenous Women’s Rights*

Event organized by International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), the International Indigenous Women's Forum and AWID, for IFIP’s World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy, to be held on Friday September 26, 2014. 


Egypt: Human Rights Defender Mahienour El-Massry Released, Announces Nazra

On 21 September 2014 Ms. Mahienour El-Massry was released following the decision of the Alexandria Appeals Court to suspend her sentence after accepting her lawyer’s request to suspend her sentence. 


Advocate for Domestic Workers' Rights Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Award

In 2011, a year after the nation’s first domestic workers’ bill of rights became law in New York and a year before she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, Ai-jen Poo was profiled in The New York Times under the headline “The nannies’ Norma Rae.”


Iraq: Lawyer and Human Rights Defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi Executed by ISIS in Mosul

With utmost sorrow and grief, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received the news of the execution by the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) of lawyer and human rights defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi in the city of Mosul, Iraq. 


Lawyers: Jail Employee Beats Leyla Yunus

On September 24 lawyers Fariz Namazly and Cawad Cavadov visited in jail  of Kurdakhani the arrested human rights activist Leyla Yunus. Later on, five lawyers - Elchin Gambarov, Fariz Namazly, Cavad Cavadov, Alaif Hasanov, and Khalid Bagirov issued a joint statement. 


Azerbaijan: Further Time in Prison Will Kill Leyla Yunus, Lawyer Warns

Leyla Yunus’ lawyers have been denied access to her for the second day in a row. Her lawyers are extremely concerned for her health.


Bahrain: GCHR Co-Director Maryam Al-Khawaja Released, but Still Faces Charges and Remains under Travel Ban

On 18 September 2014, human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), was released from prison.



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