Joint Statement by UN human rights experts

Sexual and reproductive health and rights Joint Statement by UN human rights experts*, the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Special Rapporteurs on the Rights of Women and Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights * The UN Special Rapporteurs on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, on the situation … Continued

Statement: Organization of American States

Declaration on Violence Against Women, Girls and Adolescents and their Sexual and Reproductive Rights Paragraphs on abortion That sexual violence against women, girls, and adolescents has harmful consequences, both for them and the whole of society. It affects their physical and reproductive health, increases the risk of maternal and infant and HIV-related morbidity and mortality, causes high-risk pregnancies and pregnancy-related issues, including abortions, premature births, fetal distress, and low birth weight, and has serious psychological impacts, such as physical … 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

Statement: UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR

Right to sexual and reproductive health indivisible from other human rights The right to sexual and reproductive health is not only an integral part of the general right to health but fundamentally linked to the enjoyment of many other human rights, including the rights to education, work and equality, as well as the rights to life, privacy and freedom from torture, and individual autonomy, according to an authoritative commentary adopted by CESCR’s 18 independent members … Continued

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