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Afghan Women’s Six Point Petition to the Front-Runners of the 2014 Presidential Election

Afghanistan is at an important juncture in its history. On April 5, Afghan women and men reaffirmed their commitment to democracy and the peaceful transfer of power through their widespread participation in the presidential election, in the hope of securing a better future for themselves and their children.


Open Letter to the Friends of 1325: Recommendations on the Zero Draft of the Post2015 Sustainable Development Goals

On 14-18 July the General Assembly (GA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will hold its final session.  Member States must now take strong action to ensure a conflict prevention approach to development that strengthens gender equality and peace in the SDGs.


Joint NGO statement to the 26th session of the Human Rights Council on a follow up resolution on sexual orientation, gender identity and human rights

It’s been three years since the Human Rights Council adopted its first resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. While serious violations continue in all regions, the Council is yet to engage in a follow up resolution.  


Rural Women: Policies to help them thrive

To create the key policies a rural woman needs, we must consider the many roles a woman plays. She is a farmer and a mother. She is a bread winner and probably a bread maker. She is ready to invest in her children and to steward her land.


Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative Honoured with International Award

The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Letelier-Moffitt International Award for Human Rights. 


Open letter to co-chairs and member states of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

This is an open letter from civil society stakeholders and representatives of major groups to Co-chairs and Member States on their sudden removal from the 12th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. This issue of procedures is a matter of principle about their right to participation.


European Union and Human Rights Defenders: Time to move up a gear!

At a seminar held at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union in Brussels in June 17, Front Line Defenders, Peace Brigades International, Protection International, the International Federation for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Union (EU) Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders.


UN Office of the High Commissioner Urges Mauritanian Authorities to Protect WHRD Aminetou Mint El-Moctar

The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Mauritania to protect prominent human rights activist Aminetou Mint El-Moctar who has become the focus of a social media campaign encouraging anyone who “kills her or tears out her eyes will be rewarded by God.”


Front Line Defenders launches World Cup Campaign in Brazil and Worldwide

Front Line Defenders and Brazilian NGO partners Justiça Global and Terra de Direitos launched an online and social media campaign today to focus attention on the plight of 42 human rights defenders (HRDs) from each of the participating World Cup nations. 


Sexual Rights at the 26th Session of UN Human Rights Council

The 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council will take place from June 10 – 27 2014. Below is Information regarding sexual rights-related resolutions, discussions, UPR outcomes and parallel events taking place during the 26thsession. The full programme of work for the session can be accessed here.



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