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Statement in defense of Stasa Zajovic, Women In Black - Belgrade, Serbia

The individuals and organizations undersigned note with concern the increasing violence against the women’s peace organisation Women in Black - Belgrade, and in particular against its founder, Stasa Zajovic, who has been targeted repeatedly in the past few months by extreme-right political groups and individuals, as well as harassed by the police and justice system in her country. 

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Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act Declared Unconstitutional on Procedural Grounds

On 1 August 2014, the Constitutional Court of Uganda struck down the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 as null and void following the failure of the Parliament of Uganda to observe the constitutional quoracy requirement during the legislation’s passage. The Equal Rights Trust (ERT) has welcomed the decision of the Court which strikes from the statute book legislation which violated a number of fundamental human rights and which further entrenched the profound discrimination and gross inequality suffered by LGBT people in Uganda. 

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Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Leyla Yunus, Arif Yunus, and Rasul Jafarov

We, the undersigned members and partners of the Human Rights House Network (HRHN) and the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders, call upon the Azerbaijani authorities, through you, Mr President, to immediately and unconditionally release Leyla Yunus, Arif Yunus and Rasul Jafarov, and lift all charges held against them. 

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Organisation of American States Calls for Increased Protection for Human Rights Defenders

The Organisation of American States has adopted a significant resolution affirming the 'essential contribution' of human rights defenders to democracy and development, and calling on Member States to support and safeguard their work.

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New Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Sets Out His Vision

Michel Forst was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in June 2014. 

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A Memorial Tribute Held in Egypt for Lybian Activist Salwa Bugaighis

On July 16th, Karama, the Arab Women's Organization, and the Libyan Embassy in Egypt together held a memorial tribute for Libyan lawyer and activist Salwa Bugaighis. She was a dedicated and treasured friend, but more than that, a cherished and beloved mother, sister, and wife.

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Birzeit University's Institute of Women's Studies Urgent Call to Take a Stand on Gaza

As we write this statement, 25 days after the brutal incursion on Gaza, over a thousand and four hundred of innocent civilian women, men and children have been butchered by Israel’s war machine and much more are threatened to be killed. 

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Women’s Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina condemns the brutal aggression by Israeli forces

Women’s Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which promotes a culture of non-violence, justice, peace and value of diversity, strongly condemns the brutal aggression by Israeli forces against the Palestinians in Gaza. We want to show solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are experiencing different types of violence on daily basis and whose lives are threatened, and to also condemn violence and discrimination. We support the contributions of all those who work on peace building and who promote respect and equal treatment of all people.

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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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