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Maternal Mortality and the Decriminalization of Abortion at the Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council gathered for its 24th session in Geneva, from September 9-27, 2013, bringing together human rights activists, civil society members, and United Nations and state officials from across the globe…

Shadow letter to the Human Rights Committee for its adoption of list of issues for Ireland

In August 2013 the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a letter to assist the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Human Rights Committee in its formulation of issues for Ireland’s coming review under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  The letter specifically…

New U.N. Report Links Adolescent Pregnancy to Human Rights Failures, Calls on States to Address Range of Contributing Issues

(PRESS RELEASE) The Center for Reproductive Rights commended the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today for linking adolescent pregnancy to an underlying failure to fulfill young women’s human rights in its new flagship report…

Access to EC in Latin America Takes Center Stage at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) Healthcare professionals, lawyers, policymakers, and reproductive health advocates are gathering today in Washington, D.C. to testify on emergency contraception restrictions in Latin America, specifically in Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Honduras…

United Nations: Women Living in War-Torn Countries Need Comprehensive Reproductive Health Services

(PRESS RELEASE) Acknowledging the devastating impact of sexual violence, particularly when it is used as a weapon of war on women, this week two United Nations bodies—the UN Security Council and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee)—took action…

Submission for OHCHR’s study on access to justice for children

Children face unique barriers in exercising their rights due to their lack of legal autonomy, states’ failure to enshrine their rights into laws and policies, and the lack of accessible remedies when their rights are violated.  Girls are uniquely vulnerable to human rights violations as…

Maternal Mortality: Implementation and Accountability

As the world moves forward with negotiating a post 2015 development agenda, this event will give states, UN agencies, and non-governmental…

ICPD and Human Rights: 20 Years of Advancing Reproductive Rights though UN Treaty Bodies and Legal Reform

The ICPD and Human Rights fact sheets examine the progress states have made over the past twenty years fulfilling the commitments made in the ICPD Programme of Action…

Abortion Laws and Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a global problem, affecting the lives of women and girls of all ages and of all types of backgrounds. Victims of sexual abuse may suffer from a number of physical, emotional and psychological injuries, profoundly impacting all aspects of their lives…

Shadow Letter on the Republic of Moldova to the Committee against Torture

On March 21, 2012, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partner, the Institutul pentru Drepturile Omului din Moldova (the Moldovan Institute for Human Rights), submitted a shadow letter to the Committee against Torture for the adoption of a list of issues prior to reporting for the…

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…

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