At the United Nations

In The Spotlight

Hidden Casualties: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Sexual Violence in Conflict

Women and girls in conflict and post-conflict settings face increased risks of sexual violence and urgently need sexual and reproductive healthcare services, such as obstetric and antenatal care for pregnant women, access to contraceptive information and services, including emergency…

Breaking Ground 2016: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights

Breaking Ground: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights, an annual publication from the Center for Reproductive Rights, summarizes the jurisprudence from United Nations treaty monitoring bodies on reproductive rights, particularly the standards on maternal health care, abortion, and…

Mellet v. Ireland: Ireland must legalize abortion to end violations of women's human rights

In June 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a groundbreaking decision in the case of Mellet v. Ireland. The Committee held that by prohibiting and criminalizing abortion, and thereby preventing Ms…

U.N. Committee: Philippines Must Provide Access to Modern Contraceptives, Legalize Abortion in Certain Circumstances

(PRESS RELEASE) The Philippine government must ensure access to modern contraceptives and legalize abortion in certain circumstances, according to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (U.N. CEDAW)…

Statement from Amanda Mellet

Today my personal struggle for justice has come to an end. I am profoundly grateful to the Human Rights Committee for its decision and its clear recognition that my human rights were violated as a result of Ireland’s prohibition and criminalisation of abortion.

Our Work in Focus

An important component of the Center's work is ensuring that the United States lives up to its human rights commitments related to reproductive rights. The U.S…
Six years ago this week, the Center for Reproductive Rights won a groundbreaking victory for the women of Peru and around the world . For the first time, an international human rights body condemned a country for failing to provide abortion services that were both legal and essential to the health of a woman, violating her fundamental human rights in the process…