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World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

A new statement provided to the World Bank highlights the serious concerns indigenous peoples have regarding the World Bank’s proposed (leaked) new standards for projects impacting on indigenous peoples, and specifically a shocking new ‘opt-out’ clause.

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The Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development condemns incitment and calls for immediate protection of Palestinian women

In light of recent events, the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) condemns incitement by Israeli academics and politicians, and calls for special protection of women in Palestine. On July 21st, 2014, Mordechai Kedar, a professor at Bar-Illan University publicly stated on a Hebrew Radio Show that the rape of mothers and wives of Palestinian fighters would be a feasible method to deter future attacks. Israeli Minister in Parliament Ayelet Shaked has also stated that Palestinian mothers should be killed amidst the ongoing aggressions against Gaza this month. 

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Egypt: New measures to further obstruct NGOs’ work

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), express their deepest concern over the Egyptian government’s latest measures to hamper the exercise of freedom of association by non-governmental organisations (NGOs). 

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Update: Colombia – Further death threats and attempted attack against land rights defenders Yomaira Mendoza and Enrique Cabezas

On 24 July 2014, family members of Ms Yomaira Mendoza and Mr Enrique Cabezas received death threats via SMS. Later that night, two unknown men attempted to attack the human rights defenders. 

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Italy: Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim arrives in Rome

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who was spared a death sentence for apostasy and then barred from leaving Sudan, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Rome to jubilant scenes following intense international efforts to free her.

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Russia: 5 Prominent Civil Society Groups Branded ‘Foreign Agents’

The Russian government has branded five prominent independent groups as “foreign agents,” Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s actions are part of its biggest crackdown on the rights to free expression and association in Russia since the end of the Soviet era.

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Enough! An End to Violence and Aggression in Palestine

AWID strongly condemns Israel’s attacks on civilians in Gaza and calls for an immediate end to aggression by all sides.

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Somalia: Saado Ali Warsame, an MP and musician, has been shot dead by Islamist militants

She was killed along with a civil servant in a drive-by shooting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

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Turkey: Call on Parliament to hold an emergency meeting to address rampant femicide

We hereby call upon international feminist and LGBTI organizations and individuals to support women's movements in Turkey in our demand that the Parliament of Turkey hold an emergency meeting to address the rampant killing of women throughout the country.

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