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    The investigation into the gunning down of three Kurdish women activists in Paris must be prompt and thorough, Amnesty International said.

    Sakine Cansýz, a founder of the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Fidan Dogan and Leyla Söylemez were found shot dead at the “Kurdistan Information Office” on the evening of 9 January.

    “There must be justice for these apparently political killings – no stone must be left unturned in the investigation by the French authorities,” said John Dalhuisen,Europe and Central Asia Programme Director.

    “The Turkish authorities must cooperate fully in the investigation to bring those responsible to justice.”

    The killings come at time when the Government of Turkey and the PKK have begun peace negotiations.

    “Both sides must ensure that the killings do not derail negotiations aimed at ending the decades long conflict and ongoing human rights abuses,” said Dalhuisen.

    UBC alumnus Loujain al-Hathloul has been unjustly detained in Saudi Arabia for her courageous and peaceful women's rights work. Vancouver friends of Loujain are organizing an emergency rally. 

    "One of the most powerful and urgent pieces of human rights theatre ever made"
    The Herald

    On December 16, 2012, a young woman boarded a bus in Delhi heading for home. What followed changed countless lives forever. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director Yael Farber (Mies Julie) has created a searing new work that cracks open the cone of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by violence. The draw: Rave reviews and dozens of awards including the coveted Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. For ages 16+. Contains adult themes and mature content. York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

    Nirbhaya: Performances November 3 to 14 Special Amnesty International evening November 4: ticket package $40 includes performance, post-show Q&A, and one drink – use "discount coupon" code Amnesty40.

    In the submission prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Iran in October-November 2014, Amnesty International noted the following concerns:
     

    Executions, including of juvenile offenders, carried out in violation of international standards for fair trial. Torture and other ill-treatment in detention centres continue to be committed with impunity, Violence against women and girls, Discrimination on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, ethnic identity or religious belief. Religious and ethnic minorities. Criminalization of Adult same-sex sexual conduct. Undue restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, affecting in particular human rights defenders, trade unionists, women’s rights activists, journalists and student activists, Control of universities, including by limiting academic freedoms.

    Read the full report here

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