Solidarity with WHRDs in the Philippines

WHRDs known in in Hacienda Luisita as the 'Bulldozer Queens' who lay in front of bulldozers to stop the destruction of their crops.

From 16 – 19 October, the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition participated in an international solidarity mission in two regions of the Philippines to investigate the forced acquisition of farmers’ land and the ongoing impacts on women… Read More

Leyla Yunus nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition announces that Azerbaijani woman human rights defender Leyla Yunus has been nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. This honour comes as Dr Yunus has been unexpectedly transferred to the Detention… Read More

Justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez

Bettina Cruz Velázquez

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is calling for justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez who has been unfairly and severely prosecuted as an act of reprisal for her work as a woman human rights defender. Bettina Cruz… Read More

Free Egyptian Women Human Rights Defenders

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In the lead up to the October 11th trial of seven Egyptian women human rights defenders (WHRDs), who have been detained since June 21, 2014 on charges of violating Egypt’s strict Protest and Public Assembly Law, over 220… Read More

VOTE NOW: support the nomination of Leyla Yunus for the Tulip Award

Leyla Yunus Tulip Award

Leyla Yunus is one of Azerbaijan’s most prominent women human rights defenders. She is the founder and chair of Azerbaijan’s Institute for Peace and Democracy. Her work includes projects to protect political prisoners, defend women’s rights, combat torture,… Read More

UPDATE: Thai defenders get temporary reprieve

Khlong Sai Pattana community

From Protection International: Klong Sai Pattana community gets temporary reprieve and assurance from Governor Chatpong Chatputi that their right to stay on their land will not be violated or threatened. On 2 October, the Surat Thani provincial governor,… Read More

Woman human rights defender Sanaa Seif starts a hunger strike

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The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition has grave concerns for the wellbeing of Ms Sanaa Seif, a prominent Egyptian Woman Human Rights Defender, who began a hunger strike on 28 August 2014 to protest the Protest and… Read More

Remembering Sunila Abeysekera (1952–2013)

Sunila Abeysekera

Is it really a whole year since we lost Sunila Abeysekera? She remains such a strong presence in the global feminist movements, a shining light and inspiration for all of us. Feminist activist, women’s rights and human rights… Read More

Government of Bangladesh must act to protect WHRDs in Chittagong Hill Tracts

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The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) condemns the violent attack on woman human rights defender Hana Shams Ahmed allegedly by the Bangalee Somo Odhikar Andolon (BSOA) group and is alarmed by the failure of police to… Read More

LIBYA: Outrage following the assassination of WHRD Salwa Bouguiguis

WHRD Salwa Bugaighis

June 30 2014, the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition strongly condemn the assassination of Ms. Salwa Bouguiguis, prominent Libyan human rights lawyer and woman human rights defender. From a statement by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International… Read More