Human Rights Alerts

Two Statements with 1600 Signatures Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Nasrin Sotoodeh, Human Rights Lawyer and Women’s Rights Activist

October 28, 2010

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Change for Equality: Nasrin Sotoodeh, human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist was arrested on September 4, 2010. She has been on hunger strike since September 24 and has been denied the right to contact her family and her lawyer. Several statements have been issued objecting to her detention and calling for her release. Recently two statements were issued and nearly 1600 persons have signed these statement calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Nasrin Sotoodeh.

Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoodeh on Hunger Strike

October 6, 2010

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Change for Equality: Nasrin Sotoodeh, a human rights lawyer who has taken up the task of representing many social and political activists as well as juvenile offenders on a pro-bono basis has, according to several reports, been on a hunger strike since September 24. Nasrin Sotoodeh was arrested on September 4 after she was issued a summons to appear in court. The summons to appear in court followed a search of her home and confiscation of personal property by security forces.

Blogger and Campaign Activist Navid Mohebbi Arrested

October 3, 2010

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Change for Equality: According to a news report by Daneshjoo News website, Navid Mohebbi, a blogger and an activist in the One Million Signatures Campaign was arrested on the 18th of September. According to reports published on the site of the Committee for Human Rights Reporters, this activist was arrested in his family home in Amol city. He has since been moved to a prison in Sari. These same reports indicate that Navid was beaten and threatened during the arrest.

Fifty Equal Rights Activists with Five Thousand Signatures in Majles

September 28, 2010

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Change for Equality: More than 5000 signatures were delivered to the Iranian parliament(Majles) in opposition to passing and promotion of a polygamy law.

Urgent Appeal for Pakistan Flood Relief Funds

August 23, 2010

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Pakistan is currently facing the worst disaster in its history. Massive floods have engulfed large portions of the country, directly affecting 20 million people. The resulting human suffering is enormous. Women, particularly heads-of-households and pregnant women, face some of the gravest threats. They have less access to relief and aid, as relief efforts by the government and aid organizations often do not meet their specific needs. Approximately 90,000 pregnant flood victims are currently at risk because of lack of medical services and supplies. In addition, women and girls in the flooded regions are suffering from under- and mal-nutrition, anemia, poor hygiene and sanitation, and greater vulnerability to disease.

Tolekan Ismailova's Statement to Supporters

July 8, 2010

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The society of Kyrgyzstan should not accept such facts and hide them, afraid that an independent evaluation won’t be made and that no one would be held responsible before the law. I hope that the new government, under the President of the transitional period, Mrs. Rosa Otunbayeva, can start work by respecting the highest standards of the rule of law, human rights and development.

Kyrgyzstan: Government Must Ensure Security of Human Rights Activists

June 29, 2010

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Human rights activists in the region have been working extensively to promote transparency and reconciliation efforts, and such efforts to intimidate and silence them are cause for grave concern. Ismailova has been targeted for harassment and arrest on several previous occasions for her human rights activism, most recently in 2009 for peaceful activities in solidarity with Iranian women activists and speaking out in favor of transparent elections.

Urgent Alert: Zeynab Jalalian in Danger of Execution

June 28, 2010

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Zeynab Jalalian, whose death sentence for “Enmity against God” was confirmed by Iran’s Supreme Court in November 2009, is now at risk of imminent execution. The exact date and time of the execution has not been released, but her sentence has been submitted for implementation and may take place in a matter of hours or days. This news comes from her attorney, whose efforts to represent Jalalian were rejected by the courts.

WLP Partner and Human Rights Activist Tolekan Ismailova Arrested in Kyrgyzstan

March 20, 2009

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The arbitrary arrests, part of a government crackdown on civil gatherings in the Kyrgyz Republic, are largely at odds with the Kyrgyz Constitution—which guarantees freedom of assembly and peaceful meetings. Many of those detained have been subjected to physical abuse while imprisoned, and allegations of torture have been lodged against authorities.

Civil Society Crackdown in Nicaragua

October 22, 2008

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WLP colleagues from the Autonomous Women’s Movement (MAM) in Nicaragua have called our attention to the government’s raid and seizure of documents and computers from their offices on October 10th. The raid of MAM’s offices as well as the Centre for Investigation and Communication (CINCO) offices are another step of President Daniel Ortega’s government's campaign against civil society organizations, particularly feminists, who have been outspoken critics of his government.

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