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Take Action for Iştar Gözaydın

Iştar Gözaydın is one of the founders and a former executive member of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly. On 20 December 2016, police officers arrested Ms. İştar Gözaydın at her house in Istanbul.

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Egypt: Further Information: Worrying escalation in the crackdown on NGOs

A spurious investigation into Egyptian human rights organizations has escalated. On 7 December, prominent women’s rights defender and lawyer Azza Soliman was arrested and charged. On 12 December, a court hearing is expected to decide on the freezing of her assets. Separately, a new draconian NGO bill is awaiting the President’s signature.

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Stop persecuting women's rights defenders in Bahrain!

Bahraini women's rights defender Ghada Jamsheer was arrested in August. She is very sick and can’t carry out her treatment in prison.

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Take Action: Egypt: Standing up for Mozn Hassan

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Mozn Hassan Urgent Action

"To the Governmen of Egypt:

We ask the government of Egypt to stop the targeting and harassment of Mozn Hassan and all others due to their legitimate and peaceful human rights advocacy. We call on the government:

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Take Action: Egypt: Standing up for Mozn Hassan

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Mozn Hassan Urgent Action

"To the Governmen of Egypt:

We ask the government of Egypt to stop the targeting and harassment of Mozn Hassan and all others due to their legitimate and peaceful human rights advocacy. We call on the government:

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Take Action: Egypt: Standing up for Mozn Hassan

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Mozn Hassan Urgent Action

"To the Governmen of Egypt:

We ask the government of Egypt to stop the targeting and harassment of Mozn Hassan and all others due to their legitimate and peaceful human rights advocacy. We call on the government:

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Turkey: Serious concerns for health of writer and activist Asli Erdogan

PEN International is deeply concerned for the health of novelist and human rights activist Asli Erdogan, following an interview with the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet via her legal team in which she stated that she is being denied medication and water.

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Turkey: Serious concerns for health of writer and activist Asli Erdogan

PEN International is deeply concerned for the health of novelist and human rights activist Asli Erdogan, following an interview with the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet via her legal team in which she stated that she is being denied medication and water.

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Bahrain: Ghada Jamsheer arrested

On 15 August, women’s rights defender and President of the Women's Petition Committee (WPC), Ghada Jamsheer, who is also a writer and blogger, was detained upon arrival from London, the United Kingdom at Bahrain’s airport in Manama. She arrived at 8pm local time and has not been released, but local reports indicate she has been moved from the airport. It is believed that she is being held in connection to sentences imposed on her for exercising her right to free expression on twitter.

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Mirette AbdelMawla sentenced to three years imprisonment

Boulaq Al Dakrour Felonies Court sentenced WHRD Mirette AbdelMawla and 9 other defendants in absentia to 3 years imprisonment  and a fine of one hundred thousand Egyptian pounds.

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