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Kyrgyz ‘Anti-Propaganda’ Bill On Verge Of Becoming Law

Last week, the Kyrgyz Parliament’s Human Rights Committee approved the anti-LGBT ‘propaganda’ bill. The decision brings the bill closer to a parliamentary vote, which might already take place this week or next.


Salwa Bugaighis, Libyan human rights activist shot dead

Lawyer who took part in revolution that overthrew Gaddafi is killed on the same day she voted in country's general election.


Nigeria: extremists have abducted 91 more people, witnesses say

Victims said to include 60 girls and women and 31 boys. Local official confirms abductions, but security forces deny them


Sudanese Woman condemned to death released after international pressure

Today’s release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and to flogging for ‘adultery’, is a step towards undoing the horrific injustice visited on her, said Amnesty International today. 


Update: Colombia – Death threats against human rights defender Ms Martha Díaz and other members of MOVICE Atlántico

On 18 June 2014, a death threat was made against human rights defender Ms Martha Díaz and her colleagues, Ms Yesenia Pérez and Ms Lesly Orosco. The 'communiqué No. 19' of Rastrojos Comandos Urbanos (the Rastrojos Urban Intelligence Front), was sent to the email accounts of Asociación de Familiares Unidas por un Solo Dolor – AFUSODO (Association of Relatives United by a Single Sorrow) and Yesenia Pérez.


Activists Arrested in Cairo at March Against Protest Ban

Dozens of Egyptians opposed to a new law banning unsanctioned street protests were arrested on Saturday in Cairo, activists said, after the police prevented a small march against the law from reaching the presidential palace.


Global Summit Falls Short on Concrete Commitment to End Sexual Violence

Members of The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict express their disappointment that the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence, hosted by the UK government, ended with few tangible results that will make an immediate impact on the ground.


Militants Sweep towards Baghdad: Women's Rights Groups Mobilize

In the past few days, militants have seized control of cities across northern Iraq, including Mosul, the country’s second largest city. Led by the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the insurgents’ rapid advance is raising fears of an all-out civil war as they move south towards Baghdad. The approach of this armed offensive is escalating sectarian tensions and the threat of violence even in areas beyond insurgents’ control.


Sexual Violence in Conflict Survivors Launch Global Advocacy & Support Network

Survivors United for Action, the first global network of its kind, aims to connect and support survivors and lobby policy-makers.


In Rwanda, treating complications from unsafe abortion drains scarce health resources

Greater Investment in Contraception Needed to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy



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