Statement: Special Rapporteur on Torture

Harsh abortion laws are torture In the Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment presented to the Human Rights Council’s 31st session (Agenda item 3 , A/HRC/31/57, page 12, January 2016) the following paragraphs on unsafe abortion were included: “Access to abortion and related care 43. Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal death globally. Where access to abortion is restricted by law, maternal … Continued

Statement: Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice

UN and African experts urge Sierra Leone’s President to save millions of women’s lives by signing the 2015 Safe Abortion Bill GENEVA (28 January 2016) – A group of United Nations and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Commission human rights experts* today urge the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, to sign the 2015 Safe Abortion Bill for it to enter into force without further delay. They warned that reluctance towards the … Continued

Statement: African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Call to decriminalize abortion in Africa On 18 January 2016, in conjunction with the African Union Gender is My Agenda Campaign meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) launched a continental campaign for the decriminalization of abortion in Africa, to bring attention to the extent of unsafe abortion. The Hon. Commissioner Lucy Asuagbor, newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, spoke during the launch of the … Continued

Statement: International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)

Unsafe abortion continues to be a major public health problem Unsafe abortion continues to be a major public health problem, causing thousands of death each year and resulting in many more women who suffer complications. Given the current critical shortage of specialized professionals in many countries, the involvement of a range of health worker cadres is essential to ensuring access to safe abortion and post-abortion care, including the provision of post-abortion contraception. FIGO has reviewed … Continued

Statement: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Upholding women’s human rights essential to Zika response Upholding women’s human rights is essential if the response to the Zika health emergency is to be effective, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Friday, adding that laws and policies that restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services in contravention of international standards, must be repealed and concrete steps must be taken so that women have the information, support and services … Continued

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