WHRDIC and Amnesty International Statement at CSW61 2017

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WHRDIC and Amnesty International statement read at CSW61 by Maryam al-Khawaja Your Excellencies, Amnesty International is making this statement on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, which is a resource and advocacy network of 37 women’s… Read More

Bahrain: Human rights defender Ghada Jamsheer remains in jail despite poor health

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Women’s rights defender, writer and blogger Ghada Jamsheer remains in jail in Bahrain serving a combined ten-month sentence for exercising her right to free expression on Twitter. On 7 November 2016, Jamsheer appeared before Judge Mohamed Al-Khalifa of… Read More

WHRDIC is in solidarity with resilient women in Turkey

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We, the undersigned organisations, recognise that the Turkish government has the right and responsibility to investigate the violent events of the July 2016 coup attempt and to bring all those responsible to justice. We also recognise that the… Read More

A letter to Chief Justice of Kenya to End Police and Judicial Harassment of Ruth Mumbi and Bunge la Wamama

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This letter is directed to Dr. Willy Mutunga, Chief Justice of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya to demand an end to Police and Judicial Harassment of Ruth Mumbi and Bunge la Wamama following their… Read More

Statement in solidarity with non-violent protestors in Kidapawan City, Philippines

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The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) strongly condemns the violent response by the police in light of the protests in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato Province, Philippines. Since March 30, 2016, more than 6,000 farmers from various… Read More

WHRDIC MOURNS THE DEATH OF INDIGENOUS LEADER AND FEMINIST ACTIVIST BERTA CACÉRES AND DEMANDS JUSTICE

Berta Caceres stands at the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco have maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region.

We Demand Justice for Berta and Call on the Honduran Government and the International Community to Stop Violence against Women Human Rights Defenders “I have been persecuted not just for political leadership but also for being a woman,… Read More

PROMINENT HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION PIONEERED BY WHRDS FACES THREAT OF CLOSURE

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El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation for Victims of Violence and Torture is a prominent human rights organization which, since 1993, is providing support to torture victims and families of those who were subject to enforced disappearances in… Read More

WHRDIC CONDEMNS CLOSURE OF WOMEN’S LEGAL AID CENTER IN CHINA

On 29 January, the Chinese government targeted for closure a renowned women’s legal aid center in Beijing. Not only does this action undermine the government’s own efforts to advance women’s rights and gender equality, it runs in direct… Read More

WHRDIC condemns the murder of Sabeen Mahmud

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The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is appalled and deeply saddened at the news of the murder of Sabeen Mahmud, Pakistani woman human rights defender. On Friday 24 April in Karachi, Sabeen Mahmud was shot by unidentified… Read More

The Five are Free

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On the evening of 13 April 2015, five women’s rights activists, detained in China for over a month, were conditionally released. Here’s the statement from WHRDIC member Frontline Defenders: The women’s rights activists, Ms Wu Rongrong, Ms Li… Read More