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IM-Defensoras recipient of the 2014 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award in Washington

The Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos (IM-Defensoras, Mesoamerican Initiative for Women Human Rights Defenders) will receive the Letelier-Moffitt award in Washington on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. This award, established in 1978 by the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), will be delivered to IM-Defensoras for its work over the last four years in defense of human rights.

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Iraq's Sole Yazidi Lawmaker Says 25,000 Girls Abducted By IS To Be Raped, Sold

Iraq's only ethnic Yazidi member of parliament says that the human rights situation in her country is "deteriorating," with Islamic State (IS) militants kidnapping, raping, and selling Yazidi women.

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Martin Ennals Awards honour courageous human rights defenders from Mexico, China and Bangladesh

Three courageous activists have been recognised for their work to promote and protect human rights at great personal risk with the conferral of the prestigious Martin Ennals Award and Prizes at a ceremony in Geneva today.

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Letter to Pope Francis following September 28th, the Day for Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin American Network of Catholics for the Right to Decide has sent the following letter to Pope Francis appealing for his compassion

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Call to reject the motion on military action in Syria and Iraq goes to women MPs from 38 women's organizations

38 women’s organizations have called upon women MPs to reject the motion on military action in Iraq-Syria and to oppose the proposal to establish either a buffer zone or a security zone in the region.

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Alejandra Ancheita Selected as the 2014 Laureate Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Ms Alejandra Ancheita was selected by the International Human Rights Community. 

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Stand Against Demands for a Buffer/Security Zone Between Turkey and Syria

Kobanê, one of the three autonomous Kurdish enclaves in Northern Syria, on the border with Turkey, is once again under attack by the IS. The Islamic State (IS – formerly known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has besieged Kobanê on three separate fronts and is at the moment shelling the city relentlessly.

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Open Letter to the UN Security Council Special Meeting on the Ebola Crisis: Women of the Mano River Union Member States Speak

For only the third time in its history, the UN Security Council has convened an emergency meeting on a health issue, on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Member States will discuss a plan of action to address the unprecedented escalation of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and plan immediate international action to address the need for qualified medical personnel, equipment and related assistance to the region, so this does not become a global public health crisis. In this discussion, it is critical to recognise that the Ebola virus disease (EVD) has a clear gender dimension that must be incorporated in interventions to ensure that the spread of this deadly disease is halted.

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Center for Reproductive Rights Brings Forced Sterilization Case of HIV Positive Woman to Human Rights Commission

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Hear Case on the Forced Sterilization of Chilean Woman Living with HIV

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Palestinian Women Call on Human Rights Council for Accountability towards Israel and Guaranteeing Internationally Recognized Rights to Human Security

By invitation from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) in the Netherlands and Palestine, a Palestinian women’s delegation participated in a series of meetings held at the 27th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, between the 16th and 19th of September. The participating organizations included: The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue & Democracy (MIFTAH), the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD), Oxfam Novib-Netherlands, and Women for Women in Sweden.

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