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UN Human Rights Council must demand accountability for death of Cao Shunli

A group of independent UN human rights experts has issued a joint statement expressing deep regret at the death of Cao Shunli and calling on China to fully and promptly investigate the circumstances leading to Ms Cao’s death.

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Jalal Foundation Urges Afghan Women to Elect a President with a Women’s Agenda

Among the Presidential candidates who approached you for vote, who has a clear agenda on gender equality and the protection of women’s rights?  And among those who make commitments on women’s rights, is there anyone who holds a decent track record of good performance and delivery?  It is not enough for candidates to have a women’s agenda. They should also reflect a track record on not being anti-women or anti-human rights. They should also have a track record of being able to perform their duties as public officials with competence and integrity. 

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Launch of Egyptian Women and the Media Forum

The Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights has launched an initiative entitled ‘Egyptian Women and the Media Forum’ which aims to make available all information, data and statistics regarding women’s issues and civil society. The initiative comes in response to observations by ECWR that journalists lack sufficient information and data concerning women’s issues in Egypt.

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Gender, Economic, Social and Ecological Justice for Sustainable Development: A Feminist Declaration for Post 2015

As the United Nations decide on the future course of international development post 2015, women of all ages, identities, ethnicities, cultures and across sectors and regions, are mobilizing for gender, social, cultural, economic and ecological justice, sustainable development and inclusive peace. 

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Over 340 endorsements of the Feminist Declaration for Post-2015!

Great news! Over 340 international, regional and national organizations in 143 countries have endorsed the Feminist Declaration for Post 2015, calling for a sustainable development agenda based on gender, economic, social and ecological justice. This is a strong message to the UN, calling for member states to come up with a truly transformative Post 2015 agenda.

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Statement of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on sexual and reproductive health and rights: Beyond 2014 ICPD review

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, at its recently concluded session, issued a statement on sexual and reproductive health and rights, which is its contribution to the ICPD+20 review process. 

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The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict echos calls of South Sudanese women activists for peace

During a regional meeting of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict last week in Nairobi, campaigners called on the international community to take urgent action and end the violence in South Sudan. The statement issued from the meeting supports the calls of the grassroots women's activists in South Sudan who are continuing to struggle for meaningful participation at peace talks and ensure humanitarian access to the region.

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Chinese Government Responsible for the Death of Cao Shunli

Front Line Defenders deeply regrets the death of Cao Shunli, 52, who has died from organ failure at a hospital in Beijing.

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Germain Katanga Partial Conviction - Acquittal for Sexual Violence

On 7 March 2014, a majority of Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), convicted Germain Katanga as an accessory to the war crimes of directing an attack against a civilian population, pillaging, and destruction of property, as well as murder as a war crime and a crime against humanity. However, the Chamber unanimously acquitted Mr Katanga as an accessory to rape and sexual slavery as war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

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134 NGOs Call on ICC Prosecutor to Continue Investigations in Congo

Joint Declaration from 134 Civil Society and Human Rights Organizations  Regarding the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Visit to  Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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