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Statement On Sterilsation deaths in Chattisgarh

The Sama Resource Group for Women and Health, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan,  Commonhealth and National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights are shocked at the death of 11 women and the critical condition of 50 other women due to the callous negligence of the Health Department, Government of Chhattisgarh. 

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UN Human Rights Committee Confronts Violations against Haitian Women and LGBT Persons

Following a review of the Haitian government’s human rights record, the UN Human Rights Committee has released its Concluding Observations. 

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Sri Lanka: High Commissioner condemns attacks against human rights defenders

The article, originally published by ISHR on November 7, 2014, announces that UN High Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has denounced the systematic intimidation of human rights defenders and other individuals in Sri Lanka in connection with their cooperation with and testimony to UN investigators.

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Mali: Complaint Filed on Behalf of 80 Victims of Rape and Sexual Violence during the Occupation of Northern Mali

This article, originally published by FIDH on November 12, 2014, talks about how 5 organization have filed a complaint for submission to the most senior examining magistrate of the Bamako Commune III Court of First Instance, for crimes against humanity and war crimes on behalf of 80 women and girls, for rape and sexual violence committed during the period that armed groups occupied northern Mali in 2012 and 2013. 

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Iran: Ms. Nargess Mohammadi at Risk of Arrest

This press release, originally published by FIDH on November 7, 2014, discusses the case of Ms. Nargess Mohammadi, Spokesperson and Vice-President of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre, who has been summoned to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office.

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Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award Goes to Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on November 10, 2014, announces that the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) awarded the 2014 Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award to political prisoners in Azerbaijan. The prestigious award, generally made to an individual rights activist or organisation, has been been dedicated this year to all political prisoners of Azerbaijan, which the NHC noted were, sadly, "too numerous to all be mentioned." 

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Amid Crackdown, UN Calls on Egypt to Protect Civil Society Space

The UN calls on Egypt to guarantee an environment conducive to the work of human rights defenders and civil society organizations.  The calls came amid legislative and administrative measures that are clamping down on voices of dissent. In particular, the government’s ultimatum that NGOs register under the repressive Law 84/2002, a deadline which expired on Monday, was raised repeatedly. 

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Iryna Khalip to Speak at Day of the Imprisoned Writer Event in Dublin

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on November 11 2014, announces that Iryna Khalip, Belarusian journalist and editor of Novaya Gazeta, one of the last independent newspapers in Putin's Russia, joins Irish broadcaster and presenter of Arena, RTE Radio 1, Sean Rocks, Martina Devlin and Anne Enright to mark “Day of the Imprisoned Writer” - an event organised by Front Line Defenders in association with Irish PEN and the Dublin Book Festival. 

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Update from UN Women on CSW59 / Beijing+20

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  from all regions of the world attend the session. 

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We, Feminists, are Ayotzinapa Too!

We, feminists, are Ayotzinapa too! We know of the excruciating pain that thousands of women in Mexico have faced as a result of the disappearance or execution of a loved one, the death of their daughter simply because they are female, or the forced abandonment of their homes and subsequent displacement due to violence. 

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