In mid-2016, a Citizens’ Assembly was initiated by the Irish Government to consider the views of the country on the future of the eighth amendment to the Constitution, which gives equal right to life to an embryo/fetus as to the woman carrying it. On 8 January, the Irish Times reports that the group discussed for the first time what their eventual recommendations on possible changes to the law might look like.
The 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council took place from 12-30 September 2016. This recap provides information on some of the key sexual rights-related issues that were addressed.
This Fact Sheet in Russian (originally published in English in 2015) presents an overview of regressive legal and policy measures that impose mandatory waiting periods and biased counselling and information requirements prior to abortion.
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
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that restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services in contravention of international standards, must be repealed and concrete steps must be taken so that women have the information, support and services … Continued