#FREEHOMA

st5_qwgbTwenty-Two Former United Nations Human Rights Special Rapporteurs Call for the Release of Professor Homa Hoodfar, Imprisoned in Iran. “Today marks her 100th day of imprisonment. Her detention came after a three-month period of unrelenting interrogation sessions and the confiscation of her passports preventing her from leaving Iran. We call for the release of Professor Hoodfar (…) who has dedicated her career to understanding and improving the status of women and promoting gender equality, particularly within Muslim communities.

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UN: make this moment count for gender equality

Logo_UNUN Women welcomes the many voices amplifying United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recent strong comment that “It’s high time now” for his successor to be a woman, after 70 years of male leadership.

Not since the birth of the United Nations (UN) has global public interest and engagement been so high in who will be the ninth Secretary-General. This is the first such election since UN Women was formed and the first within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. There is an appetite as never before to make this moment count for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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28 years after the massacre of political prisoners in Iran

3.fwThe 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran has been described as the worst crime against humanity since World War II. 28 years after this genocide, the Iranian regime still refuses to acknowledge the executions, or provide any information as to how many prisoners were killed. Based on eyewitness accounts of survivors, the massacre had been prepared for from at least a year before. The order for the massacre came from Khomeini directly in the form of a religious decree (fatwa), calling for the execution of all who remained steadfast in their support for the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran.

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All eyes on Turkey

Flowers in the colors of the French flag are left on the fence of the French Embassy in Madrid, Spain, Friday, July 15, 2016. France has been stunned again after a large white truck killed many people after it mowed through a crowd of revelers gathered for a Bastille Day fireworks display in the Riviera city of Nice. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)/DO103/16197489552277/1607151544

While a state of emergency has been declared following the failed coup, the Turkish government has announced the temporarily suspension of the European Convention of Human Rights.

FIFCJ follows the news from Turkey with concern and expresses its solidarity with the 60,000 civil service employees detained or removed from their functions in an internationally criticized purge. We will always defend democracy, its institutions, and the respect of Human Rights.

LOGO APMCJ def defThe International Federation of Women in Legal Careers congratulates Ms. Clara Sottomayor, member of the Associação Portuguesa de Mulheres Juristas, on the occasion of her appointment for the Constitutional Court of her country. We are confident that Ms. Sottomayor, who was a speaker at the last meeting of FIFCJ in Barcelona, will be a crucial support in the process of strengthening and promoting a legal culture that defends the human rights of women and girls in Portugal. We extend our congratulations to the APMJ. Click here for more information.

Süreyya Turan, new President of THKD

logo_fifcjThe International Federation of Women in Legal Careers proudly welcomes Süreyya Turan, elected President of the Turkish Association of Women in Legal Careers. FIFCJ looks forward working with her and with the THKD’s new Council: Pelin Güven (Vice-President), Yurdanur Koçal, Nuray Barlas, Oya Güneri, Bahar Güldaş, and Zeynep Uçar Yakar. We have no doubt that their work will be key to the advance of women and girls in Turkey and everywhere.

Declaration of Interest IAWJ Conference

logo_fifcjThe Fédération Internationale des Femmes des Carrieres Juridiques has declared of interest the XIII Biennial International Conference of the International Association of Women Judges. Within the theme Women Judges and Rule of Law: Assessing the Past, Anticipating the Future, in this meeting —which will take place from 26 to 29 May 2016 in Washington DC, in the United States— Judge Susana Medina de Rizzo will assume the Presidency of the IAWJ. FIFCJ’s President, Mrs. Maria Elena Elverdin will attend the event. We are sure that this will be an opportunity to strengthen the dialogue between the two organizations.To learn more about the event please visit: www.iawj.org