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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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Stand with Maria Teresa of #Las17 in El Salvador!

Maria Teresa Rivera of ‪#Las17, a group of women in El Salvador who, upon accessing healthcare facilities as a result of life-threatening obstetrical complications, were accused of having undergone an abortion and wrongfully imprisoned.

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Stand with Maria Teresa of #Las17 in El Salvador!

Maria Teresa Rivera of ‪#Las17, a group of women in El Salvador who, upon accessing healthcare facilities as a result of life-threatening obstetrical complications, were accused of having undergone an abortion and wrongfully imprisoned.

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Take action for Ana Mirian Romero

The human rights defender has been fighting for the recognition of the land rights of indigenous communities since 2010 in Honduras. She is now facing death threats.

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Take action for Ana Mirian Romero

The human rights defender has been fighting for the recognition of the land rights of indigenous communities since 2010 in Honduras. She is now facing death threats.

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Sanaa Seif sentenced to six months in prison

On 4 May 2016, the El Sayeda Zeinab Misdemeanor Court in Cairo sentenced human rights defender Sanaa Seif to six months in prison for insulting the judiciary. The human rights defender did not attend the hearing but on the same day, after the verdict was issued, she turned herself in at El Sayeda Zeinab Police Station.

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Sanaa Seif sentenced to six months in prison

On 4 May 2016, the El Sayeda Zeinab Misdemeanor Court in Cairo sentenced human rights defender Sanaa Seif to six months in prison for insulting the judiciary. The human rights defender did not attend the hearing but on the same day, after the verdict was issued, she turned herself in at El Sayeda Zeinab Police Station.

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Militarized Police Attacks Peaceful Afro Columbians Mobilizing in Defense of their Ancestral Lands

On 25 April 2016, over 2,000 elders, children, women and men from 41 Afro ­Colombian community councils marched peacefully along four kilometers of the main Pan ­American Highway in Northern Cauca to demand that the Colombian Government respect the constitutional rights of black communities to autonomous governance of their lands.

The government’s response to this first day of protest was smoke grenades, teargas, and at least one bullet wound as the Mobile Anti­ Disturbance Squad (ESMAD) a​ttacked the peaceful protest.​

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Kuwait academic charged with blasphemy over TV interview

A prominent female academic and human rights activist in Kuwait has been charged with blasphemy.

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