UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – UN High Commissioner calls on El Salvador to stop jailing women for obstetric emergencies

  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement on 17 November that El Salvador should apply a moratorium on laws that punish women with harsh jail terms for having an abortion … Continued

EL SALVADOR – Beatriz, who brought El Salvador’s abortion ban to the world stage in 2013, has died following a motorcycle accident

    “Beatriz was our friend, a warrior, who never stopped fighting for her life,” said the Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto, in a statement. Beatriz Garcia, whose fight against El Salvador’s draconian prohibitions on abortion moved the … Continued

EL SALVADOR – Appeal to acquit Evelyn Hernandez and annul her 30-year sentence

  The defence lawyers of Evelyn Hernandez presented an appeal to the court on 28 August to annul the 30-year prison sentence handed down on July 5, acquit her of any crime and order her immediate release.   The appeal … Continued

EL SALVADOR – In spite of anti-abortion opposition, two abortion law reform bills under consideration

  El Salvador’s absolute ban on abortion is facing its greatest challenge in years. Buoyed by shifting public attitudes, reproductive rights activists are making headway on a bill to reform the law for victims of rape and human trafficking, women … Continued

SOLIDARITY REQUEST: Urge El Salvador legislators to decriminalize abortion

In a statement on 8 May 2017, Amnesty International said that the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly has a historic opportunity to reject the criminalisation of abortion and protect the health and lives of millions of women throughout the country, in light of a debate due to start this month which could result in the first steps being taken towards partial decriminalization of abortion. It is the first time in almost 20 years that there is a real opportunity to change this law.

News Release: UN experts urge El Salvadorian Congress to decriminalize termination of pregnancy in specific circumstances

A group of experts of the United Nations today encouraged the Congress of El Salvador to “seize an exceptional opportunity to advance the protection of the human rights of women and girls” in the framework of the review of Article 133 of the Penal Code with a view to decriminalizing termination of pregnancy in specific circumstances.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights opens case involving Manuela, wrongfully imprisoned in El Salvador

In 2008, a pregnant, haemorrhaging woman staggered into a hospital in El Salvador seeking emergency care.(Vice News, 20 April 2017) The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced it will hear the case of Manuela, a Salvadoran woman wrongfully imprisoned … Continued

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