Call for unity & action to protect women human rights defenders from abusive govts. & cos.

Author: Women human rights defenders / JASS (USA), Published on: 20 December 2018

"We've Had Enough. A Call to Action to Protect Women Human Rights Defenders & their Communities", 3 Oct 2018

[W]e - women human rights defenders (WHRDs) from 19+ countries...demand an end to the violence... Private corporate interests... and other shadow powers wield growing power over public institutions and resources, and use this clout to...suppress opposition, often violently. Extractive industries and other mega-projects, in particular,...are driving extreme levels of human rights abuses and violence.

To States, we demand:..take a firm stand against all state and non-state actors who violate these rights and liberties. Cease all forms of attacks and threats against... defenders...

To the United Nations and all multilateral spaces, we demand to reaffirm your commitment to peace and justice and renew your efforts to guarantee the protection and well-being of women human rights defenders. Ensure effective follow-up, implementation, and accountability to UN recommendations in collaboration with regional human rights mechanisms, and strengthen the integration of women defenders’ voices in all UN bodies and processes...

To our own movements and international human rights community we say: we must strengthen our commitment and efforts to end discrimination and violence against women defenders, even within our own ranks...

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