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Fundamentalism and populism pose deepening threat to women defending human rights, UN experts warn


Statement of un the UNHR Office of the High Commissioner for International Women Human Rights Defenders Day – 29 November 2016

Women who step up to defend human rights are facing worsening obstacles amid a global trend of fundamentalism and populism, a group of United Nations rights experts has warned.

In a statement to mark International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on 29 November, the experts said women working for rights and equality faced unique and growing challenges driven by deep-rooted discrimination. Some were being killed for their courageous stand; others faced violence, harassment, social stigma and sometimes imprisonment.

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