INTERNATIONAL LAW COMMISSION – Crimes Against Humanity Treaty Update: Victory!

Email from:Jessica Stern | Executive Director, OutRight Action International  Lisa Davis | Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice (HRGJ) Clinic, CUNY School of Law & Senior Legal Advisor, MADRE This past May, the International Law Commission (ILC) officially adopted a new version of the crimes against humanity treaty and removed the outdated definition of gender. Success! Due to our efforts, the ILC has affirmed that the rights of women, LGBTIQ persons, and other … Continued

CONCEPT FOUNDATION REQUEST – Request for midwives, nurses and ob-gyn testimonies on abortion services in Africa

The Concept Foundation is an international non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, based in Bangkok and Geneva. Their work is helping to increase availability and access to high quality, low cost, generic sexual and reproductive health (SRH) medicines to women in low – and middle-income countries. Globally, they assist partners with manufacturing, quality certification, registration and market introduction of pharmaceutical products, including medical abortion pills, with assured quality at the lowest possible cost. Florence Erb, Program Officer on … Continued

UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEWS: NGO WRITTEN CONTRIBUTIONS

35th session of UPR (Jan-Feb 2020) – Deadline for NGO written contributions to the UPR stakeholder report is 18 July 2019 for the following countries:  Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Guinea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Spain, Lesotho, Kenya, Armenia, Guinea-Bissau, Sweden, Grenada, Turkey, Guyana, Kuwait. 36th session of UPR (Apr-May 2020) – Deadline for NGO written contributions to the UPR stakeholder report is 3 October 2019 for the following countries:  Belarus, Liberia, Malawi, Mongolia, Panama, Maldives, Andorra, Bulgaria, Honduras, United States of … Continued

ECUADOR / GUATEMALA / NICARAGUA – “You’re not supposed to go to health centres and end up in prison”

(Karen Duque, Public Defender, Ecuador) On 29 May, reproductive rights groups in Latin America petitioned the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of four young Latin American rape survivors who were forced to carry their unwanted pregnancies to term and become “mothers against their will”. The girls are from Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. They were younger than 14 years old when they were raped, two by relatives and one by a local parish priest. The … Continued

GUYANA / JAMAICA – Abortion has been legal since 1995 in Guyana but many still don’t know that

A few weeks ago, I participated in a Safe Abortions Advocacy session held by the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association. Led by Sherlina Nageer, I found the session particularly informative on the various ways unsafe abortions are promoted due to dangerous cultural attitudes, economic circumstances and limited to no access to services and information. Abortion has been legal in Guyana since 1995 with the passing of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. The Act permits abortion … Continued

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