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Act Now to Oppose Russian Resolution on Traditional Values: Universality of Human Rights at Stake!

September 6, 2012

At the current session of the UN Human Rights Council, Russia has tabled a resolution seeking to promote “traditional values” as a basis for human rights. Numerous UN experts have emphasised that traditional values are frequently invoked by States to justify human rights violations, such as family violence, marital rape, and forced marriage. A preliminary report of the Advisory Committee is highly critical of a traditional values approach to human rights, calling traditional values “vague, subjective and unclear” and noting that “those most marginalized and disenfranchised have the most to lose from a traditional values approach to human rights”.

The Vatican's Crackdown Against the Nuns Is Unacceptable and Deplorable

April 30, 2012

We, the Violence is not our Culture Campaign, stand in solidarity with the US-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) who has been the target of an unprecedented crackdown by the Vatican.

Afghanistan: End the Unlawful Criminalisation of Women and Girls Based on ‘Moral Grounds’

April 6, 2012

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and Violence is Not Our Culture Campaign (VNC) strongly condemn the imprisonment of women and girls in Afghanistan (approximately 400 of them) for so-called “moral crimes”, including running away from home. The new study released by Human Rights Watch (HRW), “I Had to Run Away”: The Imprisonment of Women and Girls for “Moral Crimes” in Afghanistan[1] documents the phenomenon of these “crimes”, which often involve flight from early forced marriages or domestic violence.

بيان منظمات نسوية وحقوق المرأة حول النتائج المحدودة جدا والمقلقة للدورة 56 الدورة للجنة الأمم المتحدة المعنية بوضع المرأة

April 3, 2012

نحن الموقعون أدناه، مؤسسات وأفراد من جميع أنحاء العالم، نشعر بالقلق وخيبة الأمل أن لجنة الأمم المتحدة المعنية بوضع المرأة فشلت في اعتماد قرارات متفق عليها في دورتها 56. إن هذا الفشل يمحو العمل، والطاقة، والوقت، والتكاليف التي استثمرتها النساء من جميع أنحاء العالم استثمرت في الدورة 56 للجنة وضع المرأة. فلا ينبغي أن يتم تأجيل النهوض بحقوق الإنسان للمرأة بسبب المعارك السياسية بين الدول. ونحن نرفض إعادة فتح المفاوضات بشأن الاتفاقات الدولية القائمة بالفعل في مجال حقوق الإنسان للمرأة، وندعو جميع الحكومات لإثبات التزاماتها لتعزيز، وحماية، وإعمال حقوق الإنسان، والحريات الأساسية للنساء

Déclaration des Organisations Féministes et des Droits des Femmes sur les Résultats Trés Limités et Inquiétants de la 56ème Session de la Commission de la Condition de la Femme des Nations Unies

April 3, 2012

Nous, les organisations et individus du monde entier soussignés, nous sentons vivement préoccupés et déçus devant le fait que la Commission de la condition de la femme des Nations Unies (CSW) ait échoué à adopter les conclusions concertées à l’occasion de sa 56ème session. Cet échec est un coup dur porté au travail, à l’énergie, au temps et aux coûts considérables que les femmes partout dans le monde ont investi dans la 56ème session de la Commission de la condition de la femme. La promotion des droits humains des femmes ne doit pas être mise en suspens en raison de batailles politiques entre États. Nous disons NON à toute réouverture des négociations sur les accords internationaux déjà établis relatifs aux droits humains des femmes, et nous appelons l’ensemble des gouvernements à faire preuve de leur engagement pour la promotion, la protection et le respect des droits humains et des libertés fondamentales des femmes.

Feminist and women's rights organisations say NO to safeguarding "traditional values" at the expense of the human rights of women!

March 20, 2012

We, the undersigned organisations and individuals across the globe, are alarmed and disappointed that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) failed to adopt agreed conclusions at its 56th session. This failure has diminished the considerable work, energy, time and costs that women all over the world invested on the 56th session of the CSW. The advancement of women’s human rights should not be put on hold because of political battles between states.

In Support of UN Panel on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

March 7, 2012

Your Excellency, We, the international solidarity network Women Living Under Muslim Laws, the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies, the Violence is Not Our Culture International Campaign and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, and the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights are writing to express our appreciation for your support and leadership in hosting the upcoming panel at the UN Human Rights Council on Sexual Identity and Gender Orientation.

Open Letter to Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch

February 9, 2012

Dear Kenneth Roth, In your Introduction to Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2012, “Time to Abandon the Autocrats and Embrace Rights,” you urge support for the newly elected governments that have brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Tunisia and Egypt. In your desire to “constructively engage” with the new governments, you ask states to stop supporting autocrats. But you are not a state; you are the head of an international human rights organization whose role is to report on human rights violations, an honorable and necessary task which your essay largely neglects.

Kyrgyzstan: Call to End Bride Kidnapping

November 15, 2011

In 2009, on her way home from university, Vulkan was abducted by a man who wanted her for his wife and imprisoned in his house. When she tried to escape, a female relative of the “groom” threatened that she would be cursed if she dared step over the threshold to leave. Vulkan now reluctantly lives with her abductor as his wife, having been forced to give up university and any thought of a job, and is determined never to allow any sons she may have to kidnap a bride.

USA: Fr. Roy Bourgeois Threatened with Dismissal From Maryknoll Community

March 29, 2011

Today, March 29th, 2011, Fr. Roy Bourgeois received a canonical warning from the leadership of his community, the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Fr. Roy has been given fifteen days to recant his belief that women, along with men, are called by God to serve as Roman Catholic priests. Failure to recant during this time period will result in a second canonical warning from his superiors, whereupon, Maryknoll leadership will submit their charge for dismissal to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with a request for laicization. Take action here.