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Statement on the Political Declaration on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women

Twenty years after the adoption of Beijing, this version of the Political Declaration is not what women need.

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Egypt: Cairo Criminal Court Orders the Detainment of 3 WHRDs in the Re-Trial of the “Council of Ministerial Cabinet”

On the 3rd of March 2015, the Cairo Criminal Court that was held at the Police Institute near Tora prison, headed by Judge Mohamed Nagi Shehata, adjourned the first session of the re-trial of 16 defendants from the "Council of Ministerial Cabinet" Case, postponing it to March 9, 2015, while ordering the detainment of 5 detainees from the 16, who were not imprisoned. 3 of them are WHRDs, namely: Ne’ma Ali Saeed Mesallam - who was among the minors sentenced to 10 years (18 years old), Abeer Saeed Mohamed Mostafa (39 years old), and Shaimaa Ahmed Saad (22 years old). They are currently detained at ElDarb ElAhmar Police Station. 

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Libya: Killing of Human Rights Defender Ms Intissar Al Hasairi

On the morning of 24 February 2015, the bodies of human rights defender Ms Intissar Al Hasairi and her aunt were discovered in the boot of the human rights defender's car in Tripoli by security forces. The human rights defender and her aunt had allegedly been shot by members of an armed group.

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Too Little, Too Late: Ministry of Women Races to Report on Beijing+20

Just three weeks before governments around the world gather in New York to review progress on the Beijing Platform for Action, South Africa’s Ministry of Women hosted a meeting in Kempton Park on 16 February 2015 for civil society organisations to give input into South Africa’s official report to be presented at the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). 

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Transgender Europe Calls for a Stop to the Nightmare that is Legal Gender Recognition in 34 Countries in Europe

Today, Transgender Europe (TGEU) calls attention to the fact that 34 countries in Europe still do not allow trans people to change their legal name and gender without having to undergo humiliating and abusive procedures. With the release of a new video on legal gender recognition, TGEU demands action to reform gender recognition laws in Europe.

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TAC and South Africa civil society under attack

Sonke Gender Justice, AIDS Accountability International and Grass Root Soccer, strongly condemn the efforts of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL), the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) and the Free State Men’s Forum to de-register the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), and we condemn their march on the TAC offices in the Free State today.

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Update: Egypt - Prominent Woman Human Rights Defender (WHRD) and Lawyer Ms. Mahienour El-Massry's Appeal Hearing is Set to May 11, 2015

On the 18th of February 2015, El Raml 1st Misdemeanors Appeal Court in Alexandria governorate set the date of the appeal hearing regarding the case No. 6868 for the year 2013 of WHRD and Lawyer Mahienour El-Masry along with other 5 activists from Alexandria to be on May 11, 2015. 

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El Salvador Releases One Woman Wrongfully Imprisoned, But Refuses to Pardon 15 Others

On the same day local advocates celebrate the official release of “Guadalupe”—a rape survivor who became pregnant, suffered an obstetric emergency, was charged for having an abortion and later wrongfully imprisoned for homicide—anonymous sources have confirmed that El Salvador will refuse to issue any additional pardons of other similarly imprisoned women, according to Agrupación Ciudadana.

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Statement of Solidarity with Human Rights Defenders Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, India

As international networks and organisations concerned with equality between all citizens before the law, standing for secularism as prevention of communalism, we are closely following and monitoring the case against human rights defenders Teesta Setalvad and husband Javed Anand in India.

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Court Dismisses Baseless Charges against Bettina Cruz Velazquez

After four years of a flawed judicial process, ISHR welcomes that the District Court in the State of Oaxaca in Mexico has ruled to acquit Lucila Bettina Cruz Velazquez of charges made against her.

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