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Centering Human Rights in the Response to Zika

Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, this statement calls for a human rights-based approach to the Zika epidemic…

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…

Mandatory Waiting Periods and Biased Counseling Requirements in Central and Eastern Europe: Restricting Access to Abortion, Undermining Human Rights and Reinforcing Harmful Gender Stereotypes

Across Central and Eastern European countries, women’s access to abortion services is increasingly threatened by the introduction of regressive legal and policy measures that impose mandatory waiting periods and biased counseling and information requirements prior to abortion…

Accountability for Discrimination Against Women in the Philippines: Key Findings and Recommendations from the CEDAW Committee's Special Inquiry on Reproductive Rights

2007 report by the Center documenting human rights violations associated with Executive Order 003 became the basis for a special inquiry convened by the United Nations…

Groundbreaking European Court of Human Rights judgment on access to prenatal testing and abortion

In a 2011 groundbreaking judgment, R.R. v. Poland, the European Court held that Poland’s failure to provide a woman timely access to prenatal genetic testing and information allowing her to make an informed decision about her pregnancy amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment…

Violence against Women and Reproductive Rights in the Americas

The numerous forms of violence that are committed against women pose an obstacle to their individual development, violate their rights, and limit their freedoms…