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First, humanitarian assistance and emergency aid must be provided immediately in order to avert the crisis from spiraling out of control. The international community, including Thai and Indian authorities, must provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and IDPs who are in immediate need of support. Those seeking shelter and safety should be treated without discrimination.
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25 May 2021 We come together to support the call by our sisters in Myanmar to stop the increasing attacks on the fundamental rights of protesters fighting for democracy. Women actively involved in the protests are continuously harassed. Justice groups in Myanmar have documented that 47 women have been killed as of 30 April 2021.  We are outraged at the political killings and the impunity with which the grave abuses are being committed by the police and the military since decades ago and now intensively on a nationwide level.
On the 15th of April 2021, labor union leader Ma Myo Aye, 53 years old, was arrested in Yangon. She is charged with Penal Code 505-A; imprisonment is up to three years and non-bailable. Ma Myo Aye was among the 3,400 protesters arrested in the course of police and military operations after the Myanmar military staged a coup on the 1st of February 2021.
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Over a dozen global organizations that work for the protection of women human rights defenders, have created a historical document containing urgent measures for the protection of women human rights defenders.
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JASS (Just Associates) Southern Africa and the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) condemn the ongoing targeted brutal attacks on LGBTQ+ refugees in Kakuma Block 13.  
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JASS stands firm with the LGBTQ+ refugees of Kakuma Block 13 in Kenya, who fled violence in their home countries to seek safety but are being subjected to violent homophobic and transphobic attacks and hate crimes every day from fellow refugees without any support or action from the authorities. Read the full statement below.
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More than 100 organizations from around the world have called for the immediate release of five men abducted July 18 in Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras. The men are Garifuna land rights defenders, several of them leaders in the internationally known indigenous rights organization, the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH).
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After two terms as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst left the post April 30. Women defenders reflect on gains, challenges, and what lies ahead.
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A pivotal question of these times, "how do we turn our rage and resistance to once and for all usher in this liberation we so desire? What would a vision and the process of true liberation ultimately look like?"
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This presentation is a part of "Our Safety: Resources for Women Human Rights Defenders" manual.
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