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 while it reviews cases of those already incarcerated. He spent part of his two-day trip to the country meeting with women imprisoned for the crime of “aggravated homicide” due to what he described as obstetric … Continued
DM was convicted of homicide following a miscarriage in February 2015 – part of a growing trend to criminalise pregnant women in conservative parts of Mexico like Querétaro. The day the miscarriage happened, DM dropped her 7 year old daughter at school, then started her shift in a department store. At around 5pm, she felt a sharp abdominal cramp and spoke to the store nurse, who told her nothing was amiss. But shortly afterwards, while … Continued
On 21 November 2017, the new WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, signed a Framework for Cooperation in response to the recommendations of the High Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents. The Working Group, co-chaired by HE Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland, and Hina Jilani of the Elders, presented its report to the World … Continued
A nurse has been arrested for allegedly running an illegal private abortion clinic in Muang district. The woman, who is aged 56, previously worked as nurse in private hospitals in the district. She was apprehended in her apartment around 9.30pm on 16 November. Abortion equipment and pills were impounded. The raid was jointly launched by police from the intellectual property enforcement centre and provincial police, after a suspect was detained earlier for selling abortion pills, … Continued
There are 75,000 clandestine abortions in Madagascar each year, according to data from the Ministry of Public Health, analysed by the University of Ankatso. Behind these figures, women’s lives are at stake. Abortion is still illegal and criminalised, first imposed under French colonial law.