WHRDIC condemns killing of Shaimaa ElSabbagh

Shaimaa ElSabbagh (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Raaei)

The Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition condemns the killing of prominent woman human rights defender Shaimaa Sabry Ahmed El Sabbagh who was shot in downtown Cairo while participating in a peaceful protest to commemorate the martyrs of… Read More

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

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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

WHRDIC condemns execution of Samira Saleh Al-Naimi

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition condemns the execution of lawyer and woman human rights defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi in the city of Al Mosul, Iraq by the Islamic State’s (ISIS) militia. According to Front Line Defenders,… Read More

Defender Mahienour El-Massry released

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On 21 September 2014 Ms. Mahienour El-Massry was released following the decision of the Alexandria Appeals Court to suspend her sentence after accepting her lawyer’s request to suspend her sentence. The Manshia Misdemeanor Court in Alexandria had originally… Read More

UPDATE: Further time in prison will kill Leyla Yunus

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Leyla Yunus’ lawyers have been denied access to her for the second day in a row. Her lawyers are extremely concerned for her health. They issued the following statement which is the strongest to date: “Everything has its… 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

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