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Restriction on Religious Freedom of Muslim Women Legitimate, says Strasbourg Court

On 1 July, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued its judgment in S.A.S. v France, in which it considered a French law in force since 2011 which bans the concealment of one’s face in public. The applicant, a Muslim woman who sometimes wears a niqab or burqa in public, complained that the law violated her rights to respect for her private life, freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination, amongst others, under the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR).


#WeAreAfrica: U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit should include African civil society

President Obama will host the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit next month in Washington, DC (August 4–6). Despite the president's rhetorical commitments to the important role of civil society, these critical voices will likely be sidelined and not included in the official proceedings. 


PWWSD Advocacy Statement 10 Years Since the ICJ Decision on the Separation Wall

July  9th,  2014, marked 10 years since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision indicating that the Israeli Separation Wall is illegal by international law. The Palestinian Working Women's Society for Development (PWWSD) invites human rights organizations, individual activists, and all those who seek justice to speak out against this ongoing crime. We call for an end to Israeli war crimes, and a demand for equality, human dignity, and fulfilled human rights for all Palestinians.


A Plea To The New High Commissioner For Human Rights: Defend Women's Rights

The new High Commissioner has the opportunity to grasp the torch lit by his predecessors and fully embrace and defend an uncompromising stance for women’s equality - and his legacy will be judged on his commitment to doing so.


Egypt: Hundreds Defy Protest Law In Cairo March For Palestine

Egyptian activists took to the streets of Cairo in defiance of the anti-protest law to express solidarity with the Palestinians as the Israeli attack on Gaza intensified.


Israel - Occupied Palestinian Territory: A New Cycle of Violence whose Targets are Civilians

The increased targeting of civilians and civilian objects in Israel‘s military operation in the Gaza Strip, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” is unacceptable. The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and FIDH call on the EU to condemn the wilful targeting and killing of civilians and to ensure that all parties abide by their obligations under international law.


Democratic and Free Women's Movement Condemns Israel's attack on Gaza and ISIS attacks in Rojava (Syria)

Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza in the last month that continues to inflict lethal violence on Palestinians killed 121 and injured 815 Palestinians as of now. Meanwhile, the army detained approximately 900 Palestinians. Palestinian people have been waging their just struggle against Zionist attacks for several decades. We, Kurdish women, are on the side of this just struggle and condemn Israel’s life-annihilating attacks. We extend our condolences to Palestinian people and hope that those injured could recover soon. We feel by heart the pain inflicted on Palestinian people.  


A Report from the Ground in Gaza and a Call for Peace

Since Monday 7 July, over 90 people – nearly half women and children – have been killed in Gaza. Thousands of children are experiencing what it is like to be bombarded; thousands of families are now without shelter. The military bomb attacks on the densely populated Gaza Strip have resulted in an immense human toll, while rockets continue to be fired at families on the Israeli side of the border, feeding the cycle of violence. 


Statement by Gigi Francisco, representing DAWN, and the Women’s Major Group

Statement delivered by Gigi Francisco, representing DAWN and the Women’s Major Group at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) Ministerial Dialogue “Weaving regional realities and regional priorities into the post-2015 development agenda”, 7 July 2014.


'This is not the world we want' state women's groups at High Level Political Forum

Statement delivered on behalf of the Women's Major Group at the High Level Political Forum Ministerial Dialogue “Preparing the high-level political forum for post 2015: Steering implementation of the development agenda and reviewing progress”, July 8, 2014 in New York.



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