TURKEY – Health professionals slam government demand for names of women who have had abortions as part of “terror investigations”

Istanbul’s Provincial Directorate of Security has demanded the names of all the women who had abortions in Istanbul between January 2017 and May 2019 as part of “terror investigations” by September 13. The letter was sent to every public and private hospital across the city. They also demanded the names of all women aged 30-40 treated for polycystic ovary syndrome. They claimed the information was necessary as part of ongoing investigations into membership of armed … Continued

SOLIDARITY REQUEST: MOROCCO – Moroccan journalist arrested for abortion and sex outside marriage

Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist, age 28, was arrested by six undercover officers along with her fiancé leaving a gynaecologists’ office on 31 August after being accused of “sex outside marriage” and “consenting to have an abortion”, according to Amnesty MENA region. Other media reported she was accused of actually having had an “illegal abortion”, which both she and the doctor deny. The doctor and two of his staff, and anaesthetist and medical assistant who … Continued

YEMEN – Unfulfilled pledges of humanitarian aid will result in the discontinuation of life-saving reproductive health services for Yemeni women and girls

The Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crises urges governments to uphold promised investments in life-saving reproductive health services for Yemeni women and girls living in humanitarian settings. In February, IAWG issued a statement encouraging donors to invest in these life-saving reproductive health services during the Yemen High-Level Pledging Event in Geneva. To date, only half of these pledges have been fulfilled. Without the promised funding, organizations will be forced to close facilities providing reproductive … Continued

MOROCCO – Government Council of Morocco asked to approve a covenant about children’s rights in Islam that prohibits most abortions

In a meeting on 22 August 2019, the Government Council of Morocco was asked to approve the Covenant on the Rights of the Child in Islam, which was passed in 2005 at the 32nd session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The Centre for Studies in Human Rights and Democracy (CEDHD), a Moroccan NGO chaired by Habib Belkouch, criticised the text of this Covenant because it “does … Continued

RAWSA MENA RAPPORT – Un meeting pour lancer le réseau régional au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord

Droit et accès des femmes à l’avortement medicalisé au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord (RAWSA MENA) Renforcement des capacités et stratégie régionale de plaidoyer en matière d’avortement médicalisé:  Un meeting pour lancer le réseau régional RAWSA MENA Hotel Le Palace, Gammarth-Tunis, Tunisia, 15-16 April 2019 Les 15 et 16 avril 2019, le Groupe Tawhida ben Cheikh, en Tunisie, a réuni 17 représentants d’ONG de huit pays du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique du Nord (MENA) pour … Continued

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