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Iraq: Forced Marriage, Conversion for Yezidis

Victims, Witnesses Describe Islamic State’s Brutality to Captives


Syrian Women Working for Peace and Political Action

Syrian women filled the conference room and lobby of a hotel in this border city for one week in late August this year. They were the focus of a “Space for Collaboration” workshop, providing networking and training to women working on political solutions to the Syrian civil war. A majority of the women were civil society activists — who work outside governmental and military structures at strengthening communities and civil institutions — and in Syria they are insistent advocates for peace.


Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality

Maternal and infant deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone are set to rise above their current alarming rates as fear of Ebola keeps pregnant women away from hospitals and makes already-scarce health workers reluctant to deliver babies.


United Arab Emirates: For Migrant Workers, Shattered Dreams

“I thought that I can save money. I’m supposed to get free food, accommodation, even call my family for free. Free flights home. Only a babysitter job. Who wouldn’t grab this golden opportunity?”


Brazil: Indianara Siqueira and The Transrevolution

Indianara Siqueira is president of the group Transrevolução and representative for the South-East region at RedTrans Brasil, which is part of RedLac Trans for the whole South America. She is a prostitute and parlamentary consultant of MP Jean Wyllys.


Special Rapporteur: Combat Impunity and Enact Laws to Protect Human Rights Defenders

This article, originally published by International Service for Human Rights on October 14th 2014, discusses the priorities as defined by the new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst in his inaugural report.


Can The Sakharov Prize Save Leyla Yunus?

On October 21, the European Parliament will announce the 17th annual Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, a distinction that comes with a 50,000-euro award ($64,000) and entry to a select club of some of the world's most respected human rights defenders.


Indigenous Peoples’ Day is over. Now what?

Well, Indigenous Peoples’ Day — what some still think is Columbus Day — has come and gone. After a day of celebrating indigenous resistance across the Americas, what’s an activist to do with their holiday hangover?


Claiming rights, facing fire: young feminist activists

The increased violence against young women human rights defenders needs to be matched by funders prepared to respond more directly to the priorities identified by young people. Ruby Johnson says shifting the framework of how funders work with young people is essential.


The Human Rights-Based Approach, the Right to Development, and the North-South Divide

The north-south divide between member states at the Human Rights Council continued to intensify during its 27th session. Why has the growing polarisation between a cross section of global north and global south States come up in both formal events and informal negotiations?



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