Sudan: WHRD Tahani Abbass wins Martine Anstett’s award

On 8 March 2020, WHRD Tahani Abbass received the Martine Anstett’s Award and was honoured by FIFDH for defending women’s rights.  Tahani Abbass is among the most vocal WHRDs in Sudan, and…

Iraq: gunmen assassinate Jannat Mazi in Basra

Women human rights defenders (WHRDs)  in Iraq have been subjected to a campaign of intimidation and kidnapping since the start of the protests in October 2019. The Iraqi authorities and militias are…

The Worst Year Yet for WHRDs in MENA

Women human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region face constant dangers that jeopardize their lives and safety, from threats, criminalization, assaults and abuses of all kinds. In…

Iraq: Kidnapping of women human rights defenders (WHRDs)

On October 1, 2019, protests against unemployment, corruption and poor services erupted in some provinces of Iraq, notably Baghdad and the southern and central provinces. The government imposed an indefinite curfew in…

Alert: Paramedic Saba al-Mahdawi Kidnapped in Iraq

On 2 November 2019, field activist and paramedic Saba al-Mahdawi was abducted on her way home from Tahrir Square in Baghdad. Eyewitnesses have confirmed that armed men seized Mahdawi in central Baghdad,…

Save Esraa AbdelFattah from Torture!

  On October 12, WHRD Esraa Abdelfattah was abducted and taken to an undisclosed place of detention by plainclothes officers. Her whereabouts were revealed on October 13 after 24+ hours of enforced…

Morocco: Release Hajar Raissouni Now!

Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist has been sentenced to a year in prison for premarital sex and having an abortion, in a case that is part of a crackdown on critical reporters.…

Detention of Mahienour El-Masry: Release her immediately!

Since 2013, Egypt has witnessed a shrinking of the public and civic space due to the banning of demonstrations, targeting women human rights defenders and their institutions, subjecting them to judicial harassment…

HRC42 | States call on Saudi Arabia to improve its human rights record

Australia today delivered a significant joint statement on behalf of a cross-regional group States expressing their concern over the persecution and intimidation of activists, including women human rights defenders, as well as…

WHRDMENA’s position on Sudan

  Sudanese women call for a UN Human Rights’ Council resolution to investigate rape crimes against female protesters WHRDMENA’s position on SUDAN July 2, 2019 The Transitional Military Council in Sudan resorted…

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