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


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


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


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


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


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

Coalition condemns arrest of WHRDs in Cairo


The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) condemns the arrest of seven women human rights defenders in Cairo on 21st June 2014. Yara Sallam, Sanaa Seif, Hanan Mustafa Mohamed, Salwa Mihriz, Samar Ibrahim, Nahid Sherif (known as… Read More

Judicial harassment, threats and attack on Khon Rak Ban Koed Group, environmental defenders in Loei, Thailand

UPDATE 4 September 2014:  NGOs call upon UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the EU for more active role Bangkok, Thailand- 10 Human rights organisations have signed a joint statement calling for action of the United Nations High… Read More