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Honduras: Human Rights Defender Gladys Lanza Ochoa Awaiting Sentencing following Conviction

Human rights defender Ms Gladys Lanza Ochoa will be sentenced on 25 February 2015 following her conviction on 28 January 2015 on charges of defamation and slander against the Executive Director of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Vivienda Social, Urbana y Rural – FUNDEVI (Foundation for Development of Urban and Rural Social Housing).

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Azerbaijan: Physical Attack on Human Rights Defender Ms Gunay Ismayilova

On 26 January 2015, Ms Gunay Ismayilova was physically attacked by an unknown man when entering her apartment building.

Ms Gunay Ismayilova is a media lawyer and deputy chair of the Institute for Reporter’s Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a non-government organisation (NGO) founded in 2006 with the aim of supporting journalists and freedom of the media in Azerbaijan. In August 2014, her bank accounts were frozen and a travel ban was issued against her, as a part of general crackdown on local NGOs, even though no legal charges have been brought against her.

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Azerbaijan: Physical Attack on Human Rights Defender Ms Gunay Ismayilova

On 26 January 2015, Ms Gunay Ismayilova was physically attacked by an unknown man when entering her apartment building.

Ms Gunay Ismayilova is a media lawyer and deputy chair of the Institute for Reporter’s Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a non-government organisation (NGO) founded in 2006 with the aim of supporting journalists and freedom of the media in Azerbaijan. In August 2014, her bank accounts were frozen and a travel ban was issued against her, as a part of general crackdown on local NGOs, even though no legal charges have been brought against her.

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Azerbaijan: Physical Attack on Human Rights Defender Ms Gunay Ismayilova

On 26 January 2015, Ms Gunay Ismayilova was physically attacked by an unknown man when entering her apartment building.

Ms Gunay Ismayilova is a media lawyer and deputy chair of the Institute for Reporter’s Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a non-government organisation (NGO) founded in 2006 with the aim of supporting journalists and freedom of the media in Azerbaijan. In August 2014, her bank accounts were frozen and a travel ban was issued against her, as a part of general crackdown on local NGOs, even though no legal charges have been brought against her.

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Colombia: Renewed threats against members of MOVICE in the Departments of Atlántico, Sucre and Magdalena Medio

Human rights defenders and members of Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado – MOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes) and its partner organisations in the Departments of Atlántico, Sucre and Magdalena Medio have received a number of death threats throughout the month of January in the form of pamphlets, phone calls and comments to members of their community.

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Ensure the Safety of Human Rights Activist Ms. Aminetou Mint El Moctar (President of the Association of Women Heads of Family, AFCF)

It is with dismay that we have learned that the life of the famous human rights activist Aminetou Mint El Moctar (The President of the Association for Women Heads of Household) is seriously threatened.

A “fatwa” issued by Mr. Yehdhih Ould Dahi, head of the radical Islamist group called "Friends of the Prophet", encourages and calls for the assassination of Madam Aminetou Mint El Moctar because of her alleged support to a young Mauritanian who is himself accused of blasphemy or apostasy.

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Colombia: Renewed Threats against Members of MOVICE and Other Human Rights Defenders

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on December 16th, 2014, discusses the continued death threats against a number of human rights defenders, including members of Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado – MOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes).

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Colombia: Renewed Threats against Members of MOVICE and Other Human Rights Defenders

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on December 16th, 2014, discusses the continued death threats against a number of human rights defenders, including members of Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado – MOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes).

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Colombia: Renewed Threats against Members of MOVICE and Other Human Rights Defenders

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on December 16th, 2014, discusses the continued death threats against a number of human rights defenders, including members of Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado – MOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes).

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End the Ban on Abortion in El Salvador

In El Salvador, it doesn’t matter if you’re pregnant as a result of rape, or whether the pregnancy is a risk to your life: abortion is banned in all cases.

If you’re found guilty of having an abortion, or of helping someone have one, you could be imprisoned for up to 12 years. If you have a miscarriage, you could be jailed for up to 50 years for aggravated homicide, because the state suspects you of having a clandestine abortion.

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